Fall is a wonderful time of year. Fall into helping. It is not too hot, not too cold, not totally dark, and not light outside past bedtime. Fall means winter is coming. It ushers in a mood of preparation for the cold days, and it gets people thinking about the holidays. Who says you have to wait until Christmas time to get in the giving spirit and do things like make goodies and deliver them? What a great time Fall can be to utilize this not-as-busy-as-the-holidays time to give to others. Sometimes once the holidays come around, we get too busy and aren’t able to give all that we had intended. Here are some easy ideas to share with your kids to get them to start thinking about others and ways that they can help…especially during this special Fall time of year.
- Go rake the leaves in your neighbors yard
- Offer to cut or stack wood for a friend or neighbor
- Bake fall treats and deliver them (people aren’t inundated with stuff now like they are at Christmas time…they will be surprised and appreciative) Think pumpkin anything!! Pumpkin bread, pumpkin shaped cookies, pumpkin bars
- Carve pumpkins and give them as gifts
- Make wreaths out of burlap and ribbon to usher in the fall season
- Ask someone if they would like to visit the local pumpkin patch with you (think the elderly woman or widowed neighbor who doesn’t have much family)
- Make a hot cocoa or hot cider stand…who says stands only have to be for lemonade? The weather might be nice enough for a fall stand!
- Start a coat drive or a shoe drive in your neighborhood, collecting coats and shoes for people who will need them this winter
- Plants bulbs somewhere…Fall is the time for bulbs, and there will be a wonderful surprise come spring!
- Pick up litter, get a group of friends and make it a hike/outing. Clean up an area, maybe your neighborhood or the park, before the rains come.
- Find a local food bank or church that delivers food boxes to people during Thanksgiving and the holidays, and start collecting food to help.
- Put together a care package for someone in the military…again, no need to wait til Christmas.
There are so many philanthropic ideas at Christmas time and everyone wants to be a part of the giving action. But why wait!? People need love and help and care all year long. We don’t need to wait for Christmas. Let’s use Fall as a time where we gear up by getting into gear! Choose something to do with your child to serve someone around you. Then let your child choose something on their own. You might be surprised at how FALL will guide you through the holidays if you begin in such a spirit.