Tis the season to be giving. Just before holiday “me” time kicks in, teach your kiddos a thing or two about giving to others. Volunteer activities are abundant in Des Moines regardless of kids’ ages or stages. Here are some thought-starters to get your kiddos to give more than they receive this holiday season.
Ronald McDonald House provides a home-away-from-home for families who have critically-ill children at area hospitals. They have many ways kids and families can contribute. Kids will have fun participating in their popular “Pop Tab” program, where schools, churches, businesses, and individuals help the “House” by collecting pop can tabs, and take them to the Ronald McDonald House for recycling. Families can also volunteer to prepare meals for residents of the Ronald McDonald House, as well as, for families in the Ronald McDonald Room at Mercy. Visit the organization’s website to learn more.
The Pet Project Midwest is a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping pets with the people who love them. They believe no one should have to give up his or her pet because; he can’t afford pet food or a veterinary bill; she has to be hospitalized or his unit has been deployed; emergency shelters don’t accept pets; or he doesn’t have pet-friendly housing during a transition. Kids and families can assist the organization by contributing pet food and supplies to their “Pet Pantry” and by volunteering. If you would like to make a donation to the pantry, you will need to arrange delivery by contacting the organization.
There are several food pantries and food banks in the Des Moines area. Families can volunteer for a myriad of opportunities for the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday seasons. Most pantries just ask that volunteers 18 years or younger be accompanied by an adult and/or take a training session. Please contact the food bank or pantry directly to donate and/or volunteer.
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How will you encourage your kids to give thanks this season?