30+ Service Ideas To Do With Your Kids This Holiday Season

This post is brought to you by Abercrombie Kids. While this was a sponsored opportunity, all content and opinions expressed here are my own.

We’re joining the Be Kind and Cozy initiative and filling our month with goodness! Join us and check out these 30+ ways to serve with your family!

sweatpants jeans (BOGO 50% off right now!)
gray long sleeve henley tee
Choose Kind Tee (on sale, and benefits PACER’S National Bullying Prevention Center!)
Sherpa Lined Hoodie (on sale!)
Buffalo Plaid Pullover

During the holidays we always make an extra effort to serve

November is always one of my favorite months of the year because we really focus on gratitude and service.

Every year, we try hard to get the kids involved in service projects, and over the past few years we’ve done Secret Santa for kids in need, donated our old toys, visited nursing homes and sang Christmas carols to them, and much more.

It’s so important to me to raise boys who are kind, and getting them involved in serving from a young age is an amazing way to instill kindness into them.

Did you know World Kindness Day is next week?

Next week, November 13th, is World Kindness Day! We’ve partnered with Abercrombie Kids, whose challenge this season is to Be Kind and Cozy, and they’ve created an entire gift guide that supports the Seriousfun Children’s Network to help kids with serious illnesses experience the magic of camp – you can check out the GIFT GUIDE right here. I love that they’re making such an effort to help kids!  So we’ve bundled up in some of our favorite Abercrombie Kids pieces and we’re trying to spread a little more cheer through kindness and service.

Abercrombie Kids is slaying it with their cozy pieces right now; I finally picked up some of the SWEATPANT JEANS from Abercrombie Kids that I’ve heard so much about, and YOU GUYS — they’re literally sweatpants that look like jeans. My kids hate wearing jeans, and they are obsessed with these jeans. And their entire collection of boys bottoms are Buy One Get One 50% off right now – so it’s the perfect chance to snag some!

I also struggle to get my boys to wear warm jackets, so I got these SHERPA LINED HOODIES that are soooo soft and warm, but not bulky or heavy like a coat. They’re like wearing a cloud — I wish I had one for me! They’re on sale right now too.

We also got this darling “CHOOSE KIND” TEE for Fos, which is not only a great reminder, but also 60% of each tee sold goes to PACER’S National Bullying Prevention Center.

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Try these 30+ ideas for serving with your family

Now that we have the cozy part down, it’s time to be kind and serve. We turned to you guys and asked for your best ideas for serving with your family this season. These are more than thirty of our favorites:

  1. Make a frozen dinner and deliver it to someone in need
  2. Tie fleece blankets and donate to your local children’s hospital
  3. Make travel sized hygiene/essential kits (socks, toothpaste, water, deodorant, granola bar) and pass out to homeless as you drive around running errands
  4. Visit a retirement or nursing home and sing songs to the residents
  5. Visit a shelter or soup kitchen and serve there for the afternoon.
  6. Volunteer together to clean up a beach or park. Make it fun by rewarding the person who picks up the grossest item.
  7. Participate in Operation Shoebox to put together a box for a child in need
  8. Make a list of people your family can pray for
  9. Draw pictures and send them to Grandma and Grandpa
  10. Make a plate of treats and doorbell ditch them to a friend or neighbor
  11. Make handmade cards and deliver them to the elderly or widows in your area
  12. Put flags on veteran headstones in a cemetery on Veteran’s Day
  13. Rake your neighbor’s leaves
  14. Give each child a set amount of money ($5 or $10) and have them choose one item at the store to donate
  15. Ask your child’s teacher what they need for the classroom and then donate some of those items
  16. Cut out paper hearts. Have your children perform acts of service around the house and leave a heart where they served
  17. Bring donuts to the local firemen at the firestation
  18. Make activity kits for the children in your local children’s hospital
  19. Smile at everyone you see that day
  20. Visit the library and have one of your older children volunteer to read to younger children at the library (get the librarian’s permission first!)
  21. Take dog treats to a local animal shelter and feed and play with the dogs!
  22. Volunteer to set out your neighbor’s trash cans, and then return them after the trash has been collected
  23. Make cards for the service people in your area — mailman, trash men, firefighters, policemen, etc.
  24. Volunteer at a Ronald McDonald House  — there are opportunities for all ages
  25. Give each of your children a dollar, and then visit the dollar store. Then have each of them tape the dollar somewhere around the store.
  26. Pay it forward by paying for the car behind you in the drive thru, or paying for someone’s table at a restaurant.
  27. Take a walk around your neighborhood and pick up trash
  28. Doorbell ditch treats or flowers or a note on a friend or neighbor’s doorstep
  29. Choose a random “Service Day,” and spend the entire day looking for people and ways to serve
  30. Deliver donuts to your local police or fire station
  31. Clean out their old toys and donate them to the preschool your child attended
  32. Make a challenge to give 5 compliments that day


There are so many ways to serve — tell us how you’re serving this season!

Photos by Priscilla Frey

One Comment

  1. Cori says:

    i JUST bought the be kind t! Love it!

    also loving your pullover. how does that fit? I’m super bummed it has very limited sizes online right now. in all colors 🙁 i hope they restock.

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