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Giving Tuesday. I am the first to admit my boys are spoiled. Their chores are minimal, their one “job” is school. I expect a lot from them in school, and I expect them to give their time freely to those who need it. So, they volunteer with the church youth group, and I encourage them to give back when they have an opportunity to. Something as simple as buying someone a drink, or even holding a door for someone is easy, affordable, and can truly change the tone of someone’s day.
Last year my husband and I participated in Giving Tuesday, and on the following weekend, we brought the boys with us to a park that has a large homeless population. We passed out shoes that we no longer wore, a large box of granola bars, some soaps, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and new socks.
We will so something similar again, though, I will have the boys pre-package everything and add tags to the bags. The boys have TONS of promotional sling bags at the house, so we will use those. This year the bags will include an inexpensive fleece blanket, socks, peanut butter, crackers, toothpaste and brushes, soaps, Caramel Creams candies, and Udderly Smooth lotions. I have been very fortunate this year, one of the brands I have worked with often is Udderly Smooth. I love their lotion, and the family behind the lotion. I am thrilled to be able to include lotions in our Giving Tuesday bags. Another is Caramel Creams and Cow Tales Candies, and I love being able to include some candies in our bags as well.
Since I want the boys to be a part of this process, we will, again, pass out bags on the weekend. However, I will send the boys with simple treats for whomever they choose at school with tags on the bags. One of the boys has asked to take candies into school for his teacher’s reward drawer. He thinks it’s a double give that way. So, he has packaged up a few handfuls of Cow Tales mini candies. Another has asked to take a special homemade gift to the front office lady. He has been diligently crafting with his Sizzix all day.
I know my boys rarely have an unfulfilled want, let alone a real need…and I want them to share their blessings. We try to give back throughout the year, and bump up our efforts at the end of the year for sure.
Download the free printable tags here. These are great gift tags, but they would also be perfect in a frame on your desk.
Happy Giving Tuesday!