Serving Others with Your Children – Part 1

Some schools are still in session, you might be wondering how you’re going to fill some of those sun-filled days in the High Country.  We have many great opportunities to serve others right here in our area.  I believe it is important to teach children how to care about others and one way to do this is to serve others together.  Below is a list of great opportunities where children may get involved in service.

F.A.R.M. Café – Working with this new food establishment is a great way to Feed All Regardless of Means in our community.  You can volunteer your time in different ways at this restaurant.  Check out their website for more information about involving children.

High Country, NC:  The Forgotten Initiative – This is a great way for kids to serve other kids in our community!  Watauga County has approximately thirty children in the foster care program and when children are taken out of their home and placed with a foster family, sometimes they leave with only the clothes on their backs.  Journey bags are a great way to help with what can be a very difficult transition.  You and your child can fill a book bag with toys, hygiene items, clothing, school supplies and more!  Our Life Group from church plans on putting together one or two of these for one our monthly service nights.

Samaritan’s Purse/Operation Christmas Child – Did you know Samaritan’s Purse offers free campus tours year-round?  They take place at 10am and 2pm and you can schedule one by calling 828-262-1980.  I can personally attest to how great it is as I’ve taken it three times and I learn something new each time.  This is especially a great opportunity for older children.  The Boone Operation Christmas Child Processing Center also accepts shoe box gifts all year long.  Filling a shoe box with items (hygiene, school supplies, clothing, toys, etc.) for a hurting child in another country is a fun and giving activity for families.  Why not tie the tour and shoe box shopping together?  Fun!

Baby girl is already sporting her Operation Christmas Child wear. Can’t wait to pack our first shoe box this year!

Hospitality House – Do you have something you can offer the Hospitality House of Boone?  Perhaps older children can help volunteer with you or you can take your younger children with you when you donate food or clothing items.  I have a friend who took her two year old daughter with her do donate items and she reflects on it as a great teaching experience and her little girl enjoyed it, too.

Next time, we’ll take a look at some other great ways to share service with our kids!



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