10 Ways to Serve as a Family This FALL

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Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.

Proverbs 19:17

one

As a family, volunteer at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving or during the holiday season. Invite another family to join you.

two

As a family, choose a person to cheer up. On post-it-notes write reasons why you’re all thankful for that person. Sneak up to their home while they’re out and stick the notes all over the front door or window. Make sure to add a note that says, “We’re thankful for you because…”

three

Deliver hot cocoa & marshmallows to neighborhood kids on a cold evening.

four

Purchase cheap jackets, scarves and other warm clothing from thrift stores. Hand items out to the homeless so they can stay warm on cold nights.

five

Rake and bag your neighbor’s leaves while they’re out of town or at work. Leave a note on their door letting them know you’re “borrowing” their leaves until next fall.

six

On a chilly day, pay for the person’s coffee in the Starbucks drive thru line behind you!! This has happened to me once before– It was an exciting surprise that made me smile for the rest of the day!

seven

Invite people with no Turkey Day plans over for Thanksgiving Dinner. Friends with no family in town, college students away from home, a widow, maybe even a homeless person- they have families somewhere too.

eight

Collect grocery store carts from the parking lot for the workers during the busy shopping season. Make it a fun adventure with your children.

nine

Cook double the amount of food for Thanksgiving. Deliver a giant turkey and beautiful dinner to a less fortunate family or an elderly couple.

ten

Fill up shoes boxes with toys and other goodies for Operation Christmas Child.

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

Acts 20:35

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Photography by Katie Weber Photography

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