Join in a national day of service to build hope and community.
Debbie and I both volunteer regularly and believe strongly in the value of service and raising our children in the tradition of neighbors helping neighbors–whether those neighbors are next door, brothers and sisters across the globe, or fellow online citizens.
This year, I organized a local Kids Care Club and I’ve been planning a local book drive for a health clinic that serves children on Medicaid, many of whom live in shelters and who have never owned their own book.
Kids Care Club also has great ideas for how children can participate, including:
- Celebrate Kids with HeART – Create cards or banners for local firefighters, police, and first responders to thank them for their service. Cards or banners can be created in honor of, or in remembrance of those who died on September 11, 2001.
- Celebrating Differences – Valuing diversity and helping those in need make a great society. Make a Diversity Quilt, “Food for Thought” or a “One Heart One World Necklace.” Give them to those in need or use them to fundraise for a local cause.
- Community Blooms School Garden – Plant a garden (or a tree) at your school or at a veterans home or senior citizens center in honor of those who have served your community.
- Operation Kids Care – Words for the Wounded – Reach out to service personnel and their families who are being treated in American hospitals.
I will always remember 9/11 since I spent the morning anxiously waiting to hear from my husband who was working downtown at a law firm. After calling me to reassure me he was safe, he spent the evening volunteering and assisting in triage. He made the final decision that day to enlist in the military, and served a deployment in Iraq.
Find out more about the National Day of Service and how you can participate:
How are you reaching out and sharing? We would love to hear about your projects!
Enjoy life and celebrate love and the victims of intolerance are not forgotten.