Benny the Elf is a proud USO volunteer! I love this inspiring “Kindness Elf” story from Christmas 2012. Thanks to Shell for sharing it with us.
“Benny the Elf was up bright and early today, but not to head back to the North Pole. He had a MUCH more important task at hand. Benny volunteered with the USO this morning to welcome our soldiers into our airport and make them as comfortable as possible on their long journey home or on their deployment out.”
These Christmas Treat Bag Ideas would be fun to make with the kids and pass out to friends, family or hand give as classroom treats. Some of them are even elf-related! Be sure to follow the links for the details on how to make them.
Christmas caroling is long-standing holiday tradition that not too many people do anymore. Don’t let this tradition die out! Your kids probably will be hesitant to go caroling by themselves, but if they’re in a group it’s less intimidating. Organize a caroling outing with your church group, Girl Scout or Boy Scout packs, other service organizations. Last Monday, my son’s Cub Scout Pack sang at our local assisted living home. It’s a service project they do each year.
I’m not quite sure all the boys enjoyed singing (I’m pretty sure my son was lip-synching while hiding in the back row) but I love how it teaches them that this season is about doing things for others, whether you’re “into” it or not. They were so cute! They also made Christmas ornaments to hand out to each of the residents.
Although singing is not his favorite activity, I’m pretty sure he felt great about the fact he had brightened the day for so many others.
I love this “Kindness Elf” idea from Courtney DeFeo of “Light ‘Em Up”. She had her kiddos leave some of their artwork along with a thank-you note and some treats for their sanitation workers. A simple idea that should spark some great feelings! Read more about her Light Em Up series HERE.
Pets need attention this time of year too! Today we sent our dog’s canine friend, Moe, a little care package in the mail. He’s the terrier mix pictured below with our Goldendoodle, Penny. My son found a cute squeaky toy at Target that says “I dig you” on it. It was perfect! I can’t wait to hear what Moe thinks of his surprise.
Last week we got our first snowfall that we knew was going to stick (…and STICK it did, literally. We got slush again over the night and whatever wasn’t cleared from driveways was stuck on for good). Before that could happen, my son and I decided we’d strike again as “Kindness Elves” and clear our neighbor’s driveway. He is always so good to us – mowing our lawn, doing us favors, etc. This was something we could do that would help him out too. Plus, it was something my son and I could do together and get a little exercise while we were at it. Shoveling wet snow is quite the workout!
Later that night, I was tired and cranky. The kids had been fighting, and I was feeling overwhelmed with all the things on my to-do list. That’s when I got a call from him thanking us. It came at just the right time, because his call lifted my spirits. That call was nice example of instant karma.