100 Ways for Your Family to Make a Difference

Read 100 Ways for Your Family to Make a Difference Discuss with your family around the dinner table tonight what you might be called to do to help those who desperately need you. Whether it’s changing the life trajectory of a child a half a world away or raking an elderly neighbor’s lawn, the importance of helping your children to think outside themselves can't be emphasized enough.

Here are 100 ways to make a difference as a family:

  1. Babysit for a single mom
  2. Write a Family Mission Statement
  3. Bake cookies for your local fire dept
  4. Pick up trash at a local park as a family field trip
  5. Create snack packs for Ronald McDonald residents
  6. Welcome a new family to the neighborhood with a dessert and introduction
  7. Pray for the poor of the world
  8. Color a “smile-print” coloring page to be given to lift someone in need up
  9. Make a baby care kit for a baby in need
  10. Take time each week to unplug as a family
  11. Donate your time or treasure to the Make a Wish Foundation
  12. Appreciate your church staff in some small, tangible way
  13. Do yard work for an elderly neighbor
  14. Make a “Life Book” for a child in Foster Care
  15. Volunteer to cuddle babies at the hospital (older kids/teens are often allowed also)
  16. Save loose change in a jar and give to a needy family at Christmas
  17. Take a family volunteering vacation
  18. Stop and say thank you to grocery clerks and waitresses. Ask them how they are doing.
  19. Become a monthly sponsor to help pregnant girls in Kenya
  20. Make a birthday cake for an underprivileged child
  21. Serve at home: make each other’s beds, clean up someone else’s mess
  22. Write thank you notes to people who serve you: postman, yard guy, doctor, etc.
  23. Sponsor a child monthly (cannot recommend enough)
  24. Make relief kits for disaster relief victims
  25. Sew a sleeping bag for someone in need (easy pattern)
  26. Volunteer at a non-profit
  27. Make up some hygiene bags to pass out to local homeless people
  28. Take your family on a tour of Red Cross
  29. Put a monthly date on the calendar for a Family Service Night
  30. Take a meal to a new family
  31. Create a card for Habitat for Humanity new homeowner
  32. Encourage your older children to be a Mother’s Helper to a mom with young kids
  33. Fill a backpack to help give a homeless person a lift up
  34. Make birthday cards and deliver them to a local nursing home monthly
  35. Donate books to Africa
  36. Take your kids to a local food pantry with canned goods to donate
  37. Deliver food for Meals on Wheels
  38. Pray as a family on a regular basis for the people in your life
  39. Donate your hair to Locks of Love.
  40. Give blood. (Take your kids with you and explain the importance).
  41. Donate nice toys to cancer ward at a Children’s Hospital
  42. Randomly celebrate each other with a special treat, meal, time
  43. Donate school supplies to a classroom in need
  44. Compliment and thank the teachers in your life
  45. Buy a soccer ball for a child in poverty
  46. Give a used bike to a homeless person
  47. Donate coloring books/crayons to hospital emergency rooms
  48. Host a 40-hour famine in your home (fast something!)
  49. Give clothes to a family in need (call your church/school to find one)
  50. Read to a special needs child
  51. Only drink water for 2 weeks, give proceeds for clean water
  52. Give a donation in someone’s name to an organization you believe in
  53. Send your used shoes to Reuse-a-Shoe
  54. Become Certified Respite Caregivers to give Foster Family’s a babysitter
  55. Decorate a Christmas tree at an elderly person’s house
  56. Hold a collection drive: makeup, lotions, etc., for women at a shelter
  57. Find a food bank near you to volunteer
  58. Deliver popsicles to children at a homeless shelter
  59. Offer your pet for therapy to the elderly
  60. Decorate nursing home rooms of residents with homemade art
  61. Have regular “family nights” with games, ice cream, time together
  62. Visit the NICU with treats for the doctors and anxious parents
  63. Write to unsponsored children
  64. Read to patients at a local hospital
  65. Plan a family missions trip
  66. Bake cookies, host a bake sale and donate money to the poor or a cause
  67. Volunteer at a local animal shelter
  68. Plant a garden and share the produce
  69. Hold a drive for lightly-used stuffed animals for police stations’ S.A.F.E. program
  70. Write letters to servicemen
  71. Give a micro loan and change a family in a third-world country
  72. Smile. At everyone!
  73. Make care packages for children in the hospital
  74. Instead of a birthday gift, ask for donations for a charity or food for a food pantry
  75. Shop fair trade
  76. Offer to decorate hospital hallways during the holidays
  77. Ask your city about volunteering to remove graffiti
  78. Make no-sew fleece blankets for Hospice
  79. Collect pencils for African children
  80. Send a care package to our military
  81. Read the Bible together as a family every day
  82. Collect shoes for Shoes For Kids (started by an 11 year-old girl)
  83. Let kids choose a charity to donate to for one of their Christmas gifts
  84. Become a foster family
  85. Pay for someone’s drink in the Starbucks drive-thru. Make sure your kids enjoy the act of kindness.
  86. Help your kids start a neighborhood or school bible study with their peers
  87. Volunteer to plant flowers for your school/church flowerbeds
  88. Make a care bag for a child in need
  89. Adopt a child
  90. Welcome home a hero at the airport
  91. Complain less
  92. Let your light shine!
  93. Look for opportunities to be the difference in someone’s life
  94. Host a virtual food drive
  95. Purchase gifts through families fundraising for adoption
  96. Make a quilt for NICU families
  97. Pay the toll for the car behind you
  98. Invite friends to Vacation Bible School
  99. Take someone flowers from your garden
  100. Participate in Operation Christmas Child

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