Family Links: #Selfie Ways to Serve #Otheries
o Babysit as a family for a single mom in the area
o Bake cookies (or dinner) for your local fire department, women’s shelter, crisis pregnancy center
o Do yard work for an elderly neighbor
o Buy coloring books and crayons and take them to kids at the children’s hospital
o Post a picture of a friend or family member doing something selfless and comment about how much you admire them
o Sponsor a child and write a letter as a family to your new child
o Have each family member sort through their closet and bring a bag of donations to a local thrift store or ministry
o Write thank you notes to people who serve your family: postman, doctor, yard guy, dentist, pastor, ministry workers at church
o If grandparents are local, spend a day doing something they enjoy – bingo, local market, cooking, watching Lawrence Welk, board games etc. Be sure to learn about their life growing up
o If grandparents aren’t local, do a family Skype or phone call just because
o Volunteer at a local ministry (Salvation Army, Food Bank etc) or animal shelter
o Encourage each of your kids to build up one of their friends or siblings in a social media post – to call out the awesome qualities they see in that person
o Put on a neighborhood BBQ, ice cream social or Christmas party and invite neighbors you haven’t gotten to know yet
o Encourage your kids to reach out to one kid at school that sits alone at lunch
o Put together a care package and send to a military member you know or in our church
o Have each child choose a friend and their family to invite over for dinner
o Do a family prayer walk in the neighborhood
o Talk to your kids about sending an out-of-the-blue message to one person in their friend list that they know could use some encouragement or could use a friend
o Take a night and visit a local nursing home
o Go out for family breakfast and pay for the table next to you
o Pick up trash at your local park or along your road
o Take a family grocery trip and collect food for the local food bank
o Organize a Wiffle ball game for the neighborhood kids. Go around the neighborhood and invite the neighbor kids to join in
o Encourage your kids to use the camera on their cell phone to capture beautiful pictures of their siblings or friends doing something awesome.
o Drink only water for a week. Donate the money you would have spent on other drinks to a clean water ministry.
o Girls of the family: Plan a girly day for the neighborhood girls and moms. Invite them over for afternoon tea, manicures and pedicures.
o Boys of the family: Invite neighborhood boys and their dads over for a basketball game, outdoor yard game, or to go fishing.
o Hold a car wash in your local community – for free