As we head into the holiday season, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by commercialism. After all, the holidays are about presents, right? Not necessarily! This year, join Skate World Center to show your thanks by giving back.

Volunteering at a young age is a great way to learn the value of helping others and refocus on gratitude and family togetherness during this hectic time of year. It can also help encourage kids to feel empowered to change the world for the better. The habits kids learn now will serve them through their lives, so why not start volunteering with your kids?giving back

The trick to encouraging community service in your kids is to find age-appropriate, fun activities that you can do together. Your school, church, scout troop, work, or other organization may have opportunities already in the works. Otherwise, try these ideas:

  • Call your local animal shelters, homeless shelters, senior centers, and other volunteer-based nonprofits to ask what kind of help they need that your family can provide.
  • Join Skate World Center on November 10th for our Veteran’s Day Skate! Bring a donation for Veteran’s Village and get free admission.
  • Pack simple, shelf-stable bagged lunches (no mayonnaise or anything that could spoil!) to give out to those that need it. As the weather gets colder, consider adding chemical hand warmers.
  • Participate in organized fundraisers. Many charity 5k runs include a “fun run” or “toddler trot” option for young kids and families.
  • Skip the presents this Christmas or birthday and ask friends and family to donate to a good cause instead.

No matter how you choose to give back, remember to reward your little helpers afterward with fun activities like an open skate session at Skate World Center in Tallahassee, FL.