Monday, December 12, 2011

Day of Service

Day 9: Bring food to the Food Bank and Christmas shop for Angel Tree gifts.

We gathered a few bags (one bag each for the kids to carry) and brought food to a food drive that was being done for the local food bank.

We went to Target and shopped for our angel tree gifts. The boys' school has an angel tree and each boy had an ornament with requested items. Two of the ornaments listed toys and one listed clothes. There is also an angel tree at the gym I've been going to, which is where my daughter's angel ornament came from.

My thoughts on this service day with the kids: Overall this was a great experience. We talked about those that don't have toys, clothes or even food. I was disappointed that candy canes were handed out at the food drive because it shifted my kids focus from giving to what they got in return. Shopping with four kids in the toy aisle was challenging - but wonderful because they knew it wasn't about them.

1 comment:

RLR said...

My favorite Christmas activity with our kids is taking them to shop for others! Sometimes it's tough - because of course they see things they want, and on the heels of J's birthday he usually has some pocket money - but we don't buy anything else on these trips. We just focus on the children - a girl the same age as our daughter, and a boy the same age as our son. Admittedly, I'm their mom, so I want to brag about them - but seeing them shop for these children makes me so proud of the people they are becoming. Merry Christmas!