Tacoma, WA (PRWEB) November 22, 2004
With holidays approaching, parents look for ways to encourage a spirit of giving in their children. This year, take the advice of 15 year old Sondra Clark and encourage children to spend their time helping a worthy cause. With a little adult supervision, children quickly learn the inner satisfaction that comes with helping improve the lives of people, the environment or animals. Sondra, the author of five books and a frequent guest on television, raised over $75,000 after visiting Africa and meeting Aids orphans. ÂWhen I saw kids in Africa my age living alone because their parents had died, I knew I had to help themÂ, said Sondra.
The following are some simple volunteer activities suggested by Sondra in her book, You Can Change Your World! which describes 150 volunteer projects.
Â Bedtime Snack Sacks
Children living in homeless shelters seldom get bedtime snacks. Decorate a number of lunch bags with markers, sequins and glitter. Fill each bag with a juice pack and non-perishable treat such as granola bars, packaged crackers or dried fruit. Add a small ÂHappy MealsÂ type toy as a surprise. Deliver the snack sacks to a womenÂs shelter.
Â Dog and Cat Fun
Local humane societies look for volunteers to walk their dogs. See if your family can register as dog walkers. YouÂll get exercise as well as the dogs! Kids can also collect old towels and newspapers to donate to shelters to use for animal care.
Do your children have dramatic or musical talents? Encourage them to practice a skit, song or musical piece with their friends. Offer to present a Âtalent showÂ to a local nursing home.
Â Bring A Book Drive
Collect gently used childrenÂs books from family and friends. Give the books to an inner city school or Headstart program to expand their library.
When not writing books, Sondra stays active with various volunteer programs. She recently contacted community business people to donate soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toys so she could put together 200 ÂGoody BagsÂ for orphans in Africa. ÂThe holidays are a great time for being with family and exchanging gifts,Â she said. ÂBut itÂs also a great time for kids to think about others and get involved with volunteer projects.Â
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