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How homeschool families can serve during the holidays

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Homeschoolers have unique opportunities to serve during the Christmas season. Lessons can be planned to include charitable projects, and flexible hours allow students to give back at times when most kids are in school. Use the following ideas as a springboard for your own plans for Christmas kindness.

  • Ring bells outside a local business for the Salvation Army.
  • Bake cookies for your neighbors. Working in the kitchen teaches important lessons, like the math of measuring and the science of cause and effect.
  • Make cards to send to deployed military personnel.
  • Sing Christmas carols at a nursing home.
  • Raise money to purchase items from a charity's wish list, such as Compassion International's "Give a Gift in Jesus' Name Gift Catalog." This can be a good lesson on planning a budget.
  • Wrap gifts that have been donated for families in need. In Bloomington, Ill., Children's Home and Aid always needs volunteers to wrap gifts for their annual Adopt-a-Family program.
  • Participate in a live nativity at a local church.
  • Collect non-perishable foods for a Christmas food basket program. Peoria Notre Dame High School accepts donations for their annual basket giveaway.

This holiday season, do something to brighten someone else's celebrations. These are just a few ideas to help your family brainstorm ways that you can help others at Christmastime. How will you serve this year?

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