Have you heard about Family Volunteer Day? I just learned about it this year, and that it’s held annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. This year is falls on Saturday, November 19th and I’m very excited to say my family is and will be happily participating.
Let me give you a little more background on Family Volunteer Day. It’s actually in it’s 26th year and is a day of service that demonstrates and celebrates the power of families who volunteer together. It’s presented by GenerationOn and Disney is a sponsor. Pretty cool and there are lots of ways your family be a part of the fun.
There’s a list of different project ideas, and we talked about them as a family and decided that Cheery Cards would be our contribution this year. I love that there are so many different ideas that can really span ages and generations, and since my kids are still relatively young picking one that they understand was important.
As we learned more about this project we talked with the kids about why we were making Cheery Cards. Did you know that 40% of adults categorized themselves as lonely? We talked about what it feels like to be lonely. Eleanor said it best “Like if you don’t have a friend to play with?” We explained that is part of it, and that some people miss their families or just need a little something special and that we can make someone’s day.
I decided to set up a card making station. Both with colorful paper, markers, dabbers, stickers and stamps. This way we all could pick different things. I loved hearing the ideas of what the cards should say. You Are Cool, Awesome, and You Rock were the kids favorites. I liked focusing on the positive and letting whoever receives the card know someone is thinking about them and they are special.
We used the reflection questions to talk about how we felt and why we decided to do this project. I loved that the kids understood that by taking the time to do this it would make someone else happy. It’s a simple thing and I’m going to try and encourage all of us to make cards whenever we have a little free time. We laughed, worked together to spell words, and focused on our family making someone happy and I can’t wait to partake on Family Volunteer Day on November 19th, and throughout the year.
Will your family partake in National Family Volunteer Day? Make sure you check out GenerationOn and follow along on social to see all the good that’s happening in your town and across America!
Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Family Volunteer Day. I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.