By Denise Mersmann
Spring is in the air! Along with the budding flowers and singing birds, comes a few glorious unscheduled days of spring break.
For some, spring break is a time to head out in search of sandy beaches or snow covered ski trails. But for others, spring break is a great time for a relaxed and meaningful staycation.
If your family happens to have a little free time this spring, consider putting some time to use in a productive, but still fun, way. Your family can devote a few hours, a day or several days of your spring break to helping make the world a little brighter! There are a lot of fun ways your family can serve right here in the metro.
Some ideas that you might consider:
Have a lemonade stand in your neighborhood to raise money for a cause that matters to you. Before you start, decide where you would like to donate the money you raise and make sure to include that on your signs!
Pull weeds and clean up a local park or shelter area. It’s always a good idea to wear gloves so no one gets cut and have some antibacterial wipes in the car to clean up for the ride home.
Send a package to deployed military troops. Go to Operation Gratitude or Give2TheTroops for details on blessing our troops.
Take out the sidewalk chalk and decorate the sidewalk or driveway of one of your neighbors or the walking trail a local park.
Take an outdoor plant or flower to a neighbor – offer to help plant it for them.
Make bird feeders to hang in trees in the parks or along local walking trails. You can find super easy directions by Googling “homemade bird feeders”.
Go to a local shelter and love on the animals. If you have extra blankets or towels that you can donate those are always appreciated.
Serve at the Ronald McDonald house. There are many opportunities for families to serve other families who are going through a tough time. Search “Ronald McDonald house volunteering” for the opportunity that best fits your family.
Collect gently used or new swim suits to donate to local children’s shelters like Spofford House.
There are many ways that your family can serve, either through organized opportunities or individually. As you are coming up with what opportunities best fit your family, consider what you enjoy doing, how much time and money you can commit and the environment that you feel comfortable working in. Regardless of what you do, celebrate that you are blessing others with your time and talent!