Holiday Volunteer Ideas - Let's Make the Season Magical!
I always start reflecting and remembering past holidays this time of year. Some with not so great memories and some with a warm heart and laughter.
For a couple years when my kids were young the family that owned the company I worked for invited us to their family Christmas party. Raising my kids as a single mother things were often financially tight, I was tired all the time and we seemed to always be hurrying somewhere. But the years we went to this party stand out in my mind because in all the drama and chaos of a divorce and the holidays themselves I can still see my kids being a part of their traditions, I can hear their laughter and remember their smiles and hugs.
My kids got to "pull" taffy, go caroling in the neighborhood, participate in a white elephant gift exchange and sing along to the 12 Days of Christmas. It's that 12 Days of Christmas song time that stands out the most. The family divided into groups and each group sang the part of one of the days. My daughter got to sing will all the young kids and they danced and giggled their verse! My son got to sing with the guys the 5 golden rings verse and they all sat with arms folded and sort of talked/sang the verse. It was so funny that I honestly remember laughing hard enough to have to wipe tears off my face.
We also got to go up North and cut down Christmas tree's with this family for a few years and WOW did they make that a family tradition event! They would bring the makings for s'mores, chili and play kick the can while we sat around a camp fire.
These are memories that will never go away and I will forever be grateful to the Tyler family for including us.
I would love for volunteers to share their traditions with the families that have visits at the Arizonans for Children Visitation Centers. Kids in foster care miss out on so much and the holidays can be so stressful for everyone. We can make the holidays magical for these families!
The week of December 17th - 22nd lets fill the Visitation Centers with Holiday Traditions!
We have two Visitation Centers that you, your family, your co-worker, your church group, your Mom's group....can come in and share the magic of the season.