Holidays in Houston :: Giving Back

Holidays in Houston

Giving Back

Hopefully your family is having a blast attending some of the fun holiday events in Houston.  My family is gearing up for our annual Tacky Sweater Christmas Fiesta and Four Christmases Marathon.  I’ve been busy decorating the house, stalking the web for online deals, and finding the perfect Santa {real beard required} for my son to take pictures with.  In all of the to-do lists, parties, and gifting it is so easy to forget what the holidays are all about – no matter what that holiday may be for your family.

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The team at Houston Moms Blog wants to take a minute to be thankful for all that we have and give to those who are less fortunate and who selflessly give to others throughout the year.  These are just a few ideas for your family to give back in our community.  Feel free to comment below in the comments section with other ways to give back in Houston.

Organizations

  • Star of Hope :: Christmas meals are already full, but you can still volunteer throughout the month of December.
  • Toys for Tots :: Become a volunteer or find a toy donation drop site near you.
  • Habitat for Humanity :: Looking for volunteers from December 9-13 for a project in the Galveston area. For more information and additional ways to get involved, visit their website.
  • Houston Food Bank :: Various opportunities are available to volunteer at their two locations.   Minimum age varies per the assignment, but some opportunities are appropriate for volunteers as young as 8.

Special Events

Donations

Extras

  • Drop a meal or holiday treat off at your local fire or police station.
  • Take goodie bags to a local nursing home, CPS, or women’s shelter.
  • Package items and send to the troops.
  • Have a toy drive in your own home.  Take gently, but now unused toys to a local charity or orphanage.
HMBGivesBack{HMB contributor Jenn and family decorated bags to fill with treats for a local CPS facility.}

 

For some ideas on gifts that give back this holiday season, be sure to check out Kelly’s post too!

Reminder :: If you are looking for a way to stay organized and connected this holiday season and beyond, be sure to check out Living Tree.  They are an amazing online platform created by parents for parents to simplify communication and coordination between all the people participating in our daily lives and our children’s development, and we are so grateful to them for sponsoring our ‘Holidays in Houston’ series.  Check them out and sign up for FREE today!

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5 Responses to Holidays in Houston :: Giving Back

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    Rachel December 6, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    FaithFULL Kids is an organization that provides meals for food-insecure families in the Fulshear/West Katy area. Students in need receive backpacks of food for weekends and extended holidays when free school lunches are unavailable. Check us out at http://www.wordserve.org/faithfull_kids or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/faithfullkids!

  2. Jenn L
    Jenn L December 7, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    Thanks for sharing Chelsea. I am trying my best to make sure that I make time for service in the busyness that can be the holiday season. I still think he’s young, but as time goes hopefully it becomes a very natural part of our family.

  3. Kelly D
    Kelly D December 9, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    Love, love, love this! Thanks so much for sharing some really great ideas, Chelsea!!

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    Meg O. December 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    Love this. I think we sometimes get caught up on how we are going to give to our family and friends that we forget to give back to the community. I think it would be a nice tradition to start.

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