5 Ways To Give Back to the Community This Season

We can all take small steps to give back to the community this season. There are so many ways to support the community – individually or as a family tradition. No contribution is too small and it will make a tremendous impact on the community – locally or from a distance.

1. First Responders Children’s Foundation

Given Jordan’s background following his dad’s footsteps as a firefighter, our family was introduced to First Responders Children’s Foundation. This organization raises funds to provide financial support to children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.  They also assist families enduring significant financial hardship due to tragic circumstances.

First Responders Toy Express Logo

The Foundation has a goal this year is to deliver more than 250,000 gifts and masks to first responders’ children this season and I am including the Amazon Wish List. You can also Text TOY to 24365 to support.

2. Blessing Bags

This is a great family activity and kids of all ages can help. What you need:

  • Bandaids
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Gum
  • Chapstick
  • Wipes
  • Socks
  • Gloves
  • Beanie
  • Gift Cards (If you’d like – $5 to a fast food restaurant in the area)

There are so many people right in our immediate area who need help, words of encouragement, or just even knowing that someone is thinking of them. You can add all the items above in a ziplock bag and attach a note or drawing from your child(ren). You can make however many you’d like and just keep them in the car and as you see individuals in your area needing some guidance, you can offer a blessing bag.

3. Operation Sandwich

This is another great option to do individually or as a family and I really think kids 2 and up can offer assistance. You can contact your local shelters or your church to see what needs they may have. Typically, most places ask for a minimum of 50 sandwiches to be provided.

Everyone can have a job. Someone needs to be in charge of the bread; another needs to add the meat; the next person needs. to add the cheese; someone needs to put the sandwich in the baggie; someone can keep a count.

4. Operation Christmas ChildOperation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is another great opportunity to do as a family and it is so heartwarming to watch the kids pick out gifts for others and to see their joy in helping someone less fortunate. You fill a box with toys and activities for ages ranging from 2-14 and you will pick whether you are gifting to a boy or a girl.

4. Sponsor a Foster Child’s Wishlist

There are so many children in the foster care system. Some foster families are not able to provide gifts to these children and the organizations heavily rely on support of the community. Wishlists can be provided by your local organization or monetary donations can be made.

Whether you are able to give your time or offerings, all organizations greatly appreciate the help and support from the community near and far.

The Massey Family on the Fire Truck

November 17, 2021

  1. Staci Wilder says:

    Amber, this post is just so timely. I teach English at the high school level and – just this past Monday night – one of our sophomores lost her firefighter dad. He experienced a fatal heart attack fighting a large house fire. As a school, we’ve been brainstorming ways we can best service this precious family. I will be sharing this with my school.

    • amber says:

      Oh Staci. My heart breaks for this family. This Foundation would be a great way to honor the legacy your student’s father.