February is the month of love, so why not use this chance to show love as a family to others?
Here are a few simple things you can do which will have a lasting impact, both on those to whom you are showing love and on your children who will learn new ways to help others and share love.
1. Make sandwiches and sack lunches and deliver them to people in need.
Before our children were born, my husband and I used to make sack lunches around Christmastime and deliver them to people who looked like they could use a lunch in downtown Houston, near where we lived.
This year, we finally decided to invite our kids to join us and made it a family event. We bought foods we knew the kids liked (and we liked, too) and put everyone to work making sandwiches and stuffing lunch sacks. My 5 year old daughter even decorated the sandwich bags with stickers. Then we loaded up the car and delivered the sandwiches, praying for those we fed, and for ourselves.
This took only a few hours, but I know the impact of it could be eternal.
2. Volunteer as a family at a food pantry (stocking, sorting, or whatever they need) or other donation center.
Most food pantries, whether it be one at a church or a community center, welcome volunteers in many roles. Find one near you, call ahead and schedule a family outing for an afternoon when you can help with whatever tasks they need. Most centers will allow children to help. Just be sure to share your children’s ages over the phone when you schedule your time to serve to be sure your children can help with the tasks they assign to you.
3. Host another family over for dinner and game night.
Host any family you enjoy or want to shower with love. Decide whom to invite as a family and then show your kids how to be good hosts by deciding what to do that evening. What should you eat? What activities should you do? Work with your kids to plan the menu, prepare the food and plan all the fun.
4. Bake cookies and deliver them to your local fire station.
I confirmed this one with one of my favorite firefighters who said that yes, cookies are always welcome at fire stations. So bake a batch, pile the kids (and cookies) in the car and drive over to your local fire station to say “Thank you,” in person.
5. Sponsor a child through Compassion International or a similar organization.
Sponsoring a child through Compassion International or a similar organization will not only change the life of the child you are sponsoring, but will also change your own children’s perspective of the world and your own. Yes, it costs money on a regular basis, but that money is well spent. And making the decision as a family to cut back in other areas to make this happen is yet another lesson in love to share.
Looking for even more ideas? Join me every Sunday on MomsToolbox as I issue a weekly assignment for sharing love and kindness to those around you as part of Operation Intentional #Kindness.
Do you have any other ways you can you show love as a family? Please share your ideas in the comments so we can all show more love this month and always.
Amy is the Mom behind both Mom’s Toolbox and Mom’s Travel Tales. She is a world traveler — in heart, body, and prayer and enjoys sharing her experiences with others. She regularly hosts the Bible in 90 Days read-along. A mother of three young children, Amy writes to equip moms with tools for success whether at home, abroad or in between.