When we were putting together the reverse advent calendar box for our local homeless shelter LWS Night Shelter just before Christmas this year, the kiddos and I were talking about how we wanted to do more for charity and the local community in 2022. We planned to make a list of all the ways we could help and do one a month. I want for us as a family to be more mindful of what we have and I want to foster a strong sense of community in the children. A rather depressing conversation I had with my year 10 students this week (14-15-year-olds) made me realise how ego-centric some teenagers are and how lacking in community spirit they are.
Now we are already almost at the end of January and the list is not yet made so I thought it would be a good idea to start thinking of what we could include. Here are some of the ideas I have had so far but if you can help me out, please do so.
- Litter picking in the local area (the kids are desperate to get a proper litter picker!)
- Donate unwanted toys and clothes to a charity shop or our local community centre (this might need to be later in the year as we already did a big clear out before Christmas and the donations went to local families who are struggling so they could give gifts at Christmas.
- Volunteering at a local charity (not sure if the kids can do this)
- Make baked goods for key workers or dog treats for a dog shelter.
- Write a letter to someone in an residential care home (perhaps through the Kissing it Better charity that Evelina has been involved with at school).
- Have a recycling drive to get rid of some of those things which are not collected with our usual refuse collection.
- Decorate some rocks and leave them on neighbours’ doorsteps to brighten their day.
- Check the Wildlife Trust of which we are members to see if there are any projects in the area, perhaps one of their Citizen Science projects.
This is a start but we need a few more ideas to get up to once a month (although we can double up for some of these if needed). Once a month might not sound much but it is better than nothing and I am very aware of the limits to my ability to take on more at the moment.