This post was sponsored by generationOn” as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.
On this site I talk frequently about ways to pay it forward. In fact, one of my most popular and best-read posts is about random acts of kindness for kids. In this crazy world where we constantly hear stories of bullying and entitlement, educators and parents alike are on the lookout for ways to spread kindness and raise socially responsible kids.
generationOn is a youth organization whose mission is to encourage kids to make their mark on the world through engage in acts of kindness through service. The goal of generationOn is to provide the resources and opportunities needed to inspire, equip, and mobilize kids to pay it forward.
This year, generationOn along with Disney Friends for Change are rallying families and kids across the country for the 25th annual Family Volunteer Day on Saturday, November 21st. Family Volunteer Day is a day of service that celebrates the power of families who work together to support their neighbors and neighborhoods. It is strategically held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to “kick-off” the holiday season with giving and service. They knows that this is a busy time of year, so their goal is to make it easy and fun to get involved no matter how much time you have.
It just so happens that my boys will be spending their Saturday, November 21st on a soccer field at an annual local tournament. (Last year at the start of my son’s first game it was a balmy 19 degrees out.) Because we already have that date scheduled on our calendar, we are planning to collect non-perishable food items from our teams to donate to our local food pantry. It seems that this year more than ever before, the pantry has called on the community to help fill their quickly depleting supplies. My kids have been with me on several occasions in the past to drop off items there, and knowing that the donation will directly benefit people in our area (possibly people they know personally) has been a great way to give back that is truly relatable to them.
Need some other ideas for participating in Family Volunteer Day? You can get tons of ideas at http://www.generationon.org. These acts of kindness for families and kids might also help spark a few ideas:
Patriotic Acts of Kindness
Acts of Kindness You Can Do from Your Phone, PC or Tablet
Acts of Kindness that Support the Military
Acts of Kindness for Pet Lovers and Animal Enthusiasts
Easy Acts of Kindness for Teenagers
Acts of Kindness You can do Today
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With busy schedules, encouraging our family to find time to give back to the community inspires a valuable sense of philanthropy while also creating meaningful memories. Whether lending a hand once a week at a local soup kitchen or volunteering once a month to clean up the park, every effort counts and paves the way for future generations to spread acts of kindness.
Disclosure: Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstake, per household as part of a campaign sponsored by Influence Central. This post was sponsored by generationOn” as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions are 100% mine.