This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of UPS. All opinions are 100% mine.
Service is an important part of our family. We have been very blessed and so I like to pay it forward and teach my kids the same thing. It is so important to help those around us and be able to have an open and giving heart. Because these are qualities I want in my kids, we have always tried to find ways to volunteer in our community. We have so many great examples to look to in our family, friends and neighbors, who are dedicated to making our community a better place. I also like to show my kids other’s stories as a way of inspiration for them. UPS has shared some amazing videos about #WishesDelivered that are very touching. I have enjoying sharing these videos and the best part is that UPS will donate $1 to one of their charity partners (Boys & Girls Club of America, World Food Programme, Toys for Tots Literacy Program, The Salvation Army, The UN Refugee Agency) up to $150K for each story that is shared with the #WishesDelivered hashtag on Twitter, Instagram or the #WishesDelivered Site. To encourage my kids to spread holiday cheer and to learn about giving to others even when there is not a “holiday” reason, we have talked a lot about different ways to help. Here are 10 ways to volunteer in your community that we feel are family friendly:
- Go through your clothes and toys and bag everything you don’t want or need and donate them to your local shelter or goodwill store. Not only will this clean your house but help others who are greatly in need.
- Volunteer at a local shelter or soup kitchen and take food and other items with you.
- Visit a senior community or center and spend time with them. Bake fresh cookies or other treats to share. Take a book to read aloud or if you play music, share your talent.
- Collect food to take to your local food bank and volunteer to help hand it out.
- Get names off of the “giving trees” in most stores or get a letter for Santa from the post office and fulfill a child wish list.
- Pay for the person in line behind you at the drive through or pick a random family and pay for their meal at a restaurant.
- Go to an animal shelter and volunteer.
- Offer to babysit for mother’s in your area who need a break or take them some treats and help them do their dishes or work in the garden. Not only does this build friendships but it is great way to let someone know you care.
- Participate in local events/marathons that raise money for medical treatments or other programs
- Send a care package to deployed troops, veterans or wounded soldiers. Having a brother that served for 20 years, this is really close to home for us. Buy treats, food, books, and other supplies for your packages.
Giving back and helping those in need is my wish. Do you or someone you know have a great story about making wishes come true and helping the greater good? Share your story with the #WishesDelivered hashtag on Twitter or Instagram or you submit directly through the #WishesDelivered Site. Help in creating holiday cheer by sharing encouraging stories and it also raises money for charity. I love sharing the UPS #WishesDelivered stories to help a great cause and help others wishes come true.What’s your wish? Remember to go now and share your story or of someone you know that has touched your life. UPS will donate $1 to one of their charity partners (Boys & Girls Club of America, World Food Programme, Toys for Tots Literacy Program, The Salvation Army, The UN Refugee Agency) up to $150K for each story that is shared with the #WishesDelivered hashtag on Twitter and Instagram. I would love to hear your story, so please leave a link to your story in the comments so we can all share with each other.