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There is no shortage of family activities planned as we approach the busy holiday season. Thanks to social media and slick direct mail advertisements, the vision of the ideal family gathering is everywhere we go. No doubt we will be more prepared than ever when shopping for holiday attire and gifts for our friends and family. Creating a photo worthy holiday meal has never been easier. One minute on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram has us inundated with images of savory turkeys, stuffing for days, and plump pumpkin pies like never before.
It really is the most wonderful time of the year. Not just because we can celebrate our blessings with our loved ones, but because there are so many opportunities to volunteer with our family members. Are you familiar with Family Volunteer Day? Family Volunteer Day occurs annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving; this year’s date is November 18.
Family Volunteer Day is a global day of service created to encourage families to volunteer together in support of their neighborhoods and communities. The best news is that you can participate not only on the day of the event, but also throughout the holiday season and every day during the year. This is an excellent way to experience the benefits of service to others.
So, how do you get started? The best thing to do is discuss with your family what Family Volunteer Day activities you are most interested in and available near you. This is easy to locate, go to www.generationOn.org/fvd. By searching the Family Volunteer Day page, you will find local service projects in your own neighborhoods and more than 100 DIY projects. We loved how easy this search option was and found just what we were looking to do for our Family Volunteer Day activity. We love animals and the kids have been asking for us to get a dog for a really long time. Unfortunately, we have had to decline because we do not have a backyard. I know many people do have dogs in their apartments, but my husband and I were not going to do that to our pet. Also, our schedules are unpredictable and we often have to go out of town to visit our families. So, we’ve put off the dog and pet idea until we saw a feral kitten in an alley behind our home last month. The family that the feral kitten lived near had been looking for a new home for her. The kids were so happy with the idea of us getting a kitten that we just couldn’t resist (it also helped that she is so adorable). So we decided to rescue her and are so happy that we did. The amount of joy this little kitten has brought to our home is amazing. There are still other kittens and we are trying to help them find a home too. In the process, we have gained a huge appreciation for those that work in pet rescue and animal shelter industry.
We wanted to give back to the rescue teams and animal shelters that provide a home for animals until they are adopted. Thanks to the resources available at www.generationOn.org/fvd, there are many locations for us to show our local animal shelter appreciation. Since my kids love bathing their kitty, they can’t wait to bathe the animals at the shelter. Other ways that they will help is with washing bowls and other shelter supplies. They will have absolutely no problem giving plenty of love and attention to the animals! You can’t imagine how long it takes us to walk down the street when dogs are present. Now that we know how we can get involved with Family Volunteer Day, we will continue this family activity any time the shelters have adoption events and fairs in need of volunteers.
What volunteer projects to you participate in as a family? Please share in the comments below, and share this idea with your friends and family. It just feels so good to give back, and it doesn’t cost anything but your time.