I was preparing for my history lesson today and was reading about the Franciscan and Dominican orders of priests and nuns in the Roman Catholic Church. Both of these orders were begun with their mission being service to all men. I love that!
So, today as you begin your week, why not perform a kind deed for a friend, neighbor, or a stranger? Find a place where you can take the children if they are able to go with you. I am going to step out of my comfort zone and help once again in the inner city, something I did with my husband for many years. Yes, it’s a bit scary, and you certainly don’t need to do that, but we have been called to serve those who are in need and that is what I think I will do.
If you are wanting some ideas to help you think of places to show just a touch of love, consider the following:
Food pantry– take canned goods to them and/or see if they need volunteers
Sort out your clothes and take them to Goodwill, AmVets, or another organization.
Visit a nursing home Go a couple of times if you can. People in nursing homes love company, and especially children.
Do you have a jar of change? How about having the children count and wrap the money (math!) and decide where you as a family would like to give the money. Your children will enjoy helping, and being involved, and you are modeling kindness and generosity.
Drop off goodies to your neighbors. So few people have time to bake any more that a plate full of goodies is greatly appreciated. If you don’t want to give food, then how about a candle and a card or something else? It’s the kindness shown that counts!
Make cards for service men and women. Operation We Are Here has several links of organizations that you can send cards and letters. You can also deliver cards to neighbors, friends, church members, and family.
Volunteer at a soup kitchen This is such a rewarding thing to do. The act of serving someone always makes my day brighter for some reason. The homeless love to see young people and enjoy it when someone talks to them.
Do you knit, crochet, or quilt? There are hospital organizations that have need of blankets and baby hats. This would be great for school too since it can be counted as fine arts. 🙂
Ask your children! Do they have something that is on their heart? Children are tenderhearted and many times see needs that we didn’t recognize.
I leave you with a link from a scene in the movie, Sister Act, called Just a Touch of Love. The church went and got involved in the community, where they helped the people and the people, in turn, helped them. Pretty cool!