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5 Days of Serving Others –
Impacting Your Community




Welcome back to day 4 of our series “5 Days of Serving Others through the Holidays!

Every day this week we are exploring a different way to celebrate Christmas. As a matter of fact, we’re turning Christmas around by suggesting ways to gift those around you with something that most likely won’t cost you a cent.

During this series "5 Days of Serving Others through the Holidays", we're looking at using the gift of service to bless those we love!

During the past week, we’ve been suggesting ways to gift those around you with acts of service (if you’re familiar with Gary Chapman’s book “The Five Love Languages“, you’ll know what I mean).

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So far, we’ve discovered ways to serve:

Serving Others During the Holidays – Your Community

Each year my daughter’s AHG Troop has “adopted” a local Fire Dept/EMT and taken on a service project each month to show their gratitude and bless the workers. The girls brainstorm together and have come up with some fun and creative ways to reach out. Delivering their goodies also gives them a real-life opportunity to interact with these very important and special community helpers.

Building on their example, you can:

  • Make small “goodie bags” for postal and sanitation workers, too.
  • Let the person behind you in the checkout line go first.
  • Pay for the meal of the car behind you in the drive-thru.
  • Compliment at least 5 random people whenever you go out. (You won’t believe the impact this alone can have!)
  • Randomly clean up the yard of a neighbor. Don’t tell them you did it!
  • Give blood – there’s a constant shortage of it during the holidays – and bring your kids with you (perhaps with some treats or cards for the Red Cross workers).
  • Have your child go through their toys and clothes and deliver some gently used items to the local battered woman’s shelter.

The really neat thing about keeping it simple is that you can be more spontaneous. For the most part, you don’t have to worry about purchasing or preparing too much. Plus, your kids will get to see how much fun it is to be a good neighbor.

 

Hey, are you on Instagram? We’ll be continuing with this spirit of giving over there, too! If you have a visual idea for, or an example of, “the act of service as a gift” this Christmas season, share it over on Instagram and tag it #servingothersatChristmas. And don’t forget to tag us, too @patandcandy2. I can’t wait to see them 😉 !

And, of course, we’d love to hear your neat ideas in the comments – so share away! Don’t forget to check back each day this week for more ideas on giving the gift of service this Christmas!

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Many of our blogger friends from the iHomeschool Network are sharing their own ideas to help make Christmas extra special. Check them out here!

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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2 Responses to 5 Days of Serving Others –
Impacting Your Community

  1. Sapana V December 2, 2016 at 11:53 am #

    I have decided to distribute food items in an orphanage. Hope my contribution will help them to celebrate this Christmas with joy.
    Sapana V recently posted…How to Manage Hair Loss After PregnancyMy Profile

    • Pat December 6, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

      That’s a wonderful idea, Sapana! Full tummies is sure to bring a smile to their faces…and to yours!
      Merry Christmas!

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