Contributed by Audrey Matalon.
Mark the calendar! November 19th, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, is a day of giving. Now in it’s 26th year, Family Volunteer Day is a movement encouraging families to make giving a part of our lives and an expression of our families. Family Volunteer Day is Points of Light ‘s youth division, generationON, sponsored by The Walt Disney Company.I love to introduce my kids to volunteerism, giving, helping and noticing the opportunity whenever they can. It was very helpful to read through the Family Volunteer Day website www.fvd.generationon.org which offers a plethora of family volunteering ideas.
I chose Seeds of Awareness for 2 reasons. The first is because we already have a garden where I could have the kids plant seeds. I designated a section of the garden and told the kids we will grow vegetables and then giving them away to people who don’t have as much.
Considering we’re coming into Winter we solved the cold problem by planting the seeds in an indoor growing table. The second reason is because giving away 10% of our earnings, whether it’s money or beautiful plants, flowers or vegetables from the garden is our Lord’s request.
“And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest. And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and the stranger: I am the Lord your God” (Lev. xix. 9, 10).
We chose Beth El Congregation to donate to. Beth El initiates many programs servicing the community. During the holidays they provide for many families, intending to alleviate difficulty. I’m sure they’ll really appreciate what the kids bring them. We are expecting tomatoes, peppers and chard.
It was a pleasure watching the kids focus on what will be a real “live” gift, though they weren’t able to do the reflecting part of the project. That aspect of the project became my exercise. I found it to be an appreciation of life. Here I am teaching my kids (my seeds that were planted) about life, about other people, respect and what the Lord Almighty expects from us.
Please get a jump start on your family project by going to the Family Volunteer Day website or FB, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest. And enjoy this precious time with your family.
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Disclaimer: This project is near and dear to my heart. While I was asked to promote this wonderful happening and was compensated, these opinions are absolutely my own.