In the past we have participated in the 30 Days of Gratitude for November (Where you make a Turkey out of two foam balls wrapped in yard, then each day you add a feather made from construction paper attached to a popsicle stick- write what you are thankful for on the feather, & then press it into the Turkey….thus having a full turkey at the end. This activity is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers!), and have done the Acts of Kindness Countdown to Thanksgiving and the children seem to favor the latter. Read more
30 Days of Gratitude….a way for family to stay grounded
I was disappointed this morning. I was watching the news and noticed that there was a commercial for Christmas, Christmas! It is only one day after Halloween and already the attention has turned to Christmas. What Happened to Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving seems to be one of those Holidays where retailers can’t make much of a profit so why not skip it all together? I did hear that Nordstrom has taken a stand and they will not be putting up their Christmas decorations or marketing Christmas until
after Thanksgiving, way to take an initiative Nordstrom’s (we don’t have one around here but this might call for a special trip, that is an initiative I can support!).
So, thanks to Nordstrom’s inspiration and my own passion for thanksgiving our family will be living 30 days of gratitude and we invite your family to do the same. I realize as mothers we already give so much of ourselves to our family which is why this
needs to be a practical endeavor. 30 days of gratitude is not meant to be overwhelming or add stress to your life, in fact it should hopefully have quite the opposite effect on you and your family. Living gratitude can be quite fulfilling.
Gratitude is more than an attitude. Recent studies show that grateful people are happier, more resilient, and less depressed. They also have higher self-esteem and better relationships. These results prove that gratitude is more than polite manners and positive thinking. It is a way of life, and a wonderful legacy to leave our children. http://www.more4kids.info/184/teaching-gratitude/
So, when thinking about different ways to express gratitude think of simple acts of kindness, and make sure you get your children involved. Sure mommy can grab the Halloween candy, throw it in a box, and mail it but without expressing the purpose behind the act the act goes unnoticed by your little ones. So remember to share these acts and when possible contribute and express gratitude as a family.
To get your family started I am providing a few ideas for ways in which your family can demonstrate gratitude.
Turkey of Gratitude
The first week of November or, two weeks prior to Thanksgiving have your children begin writing down something they are grateful for each day. Then have them stick the feather in the Turkey. On Thanksgiving Day your family will have a lovely center piece of thanks.
How to make it: Cut a 1-inch sliver off the bottom of a 9-inch polystyrene ball. Wrap sphere neatly in thick dark-brown yarn, covering surface completely; knot on bottom. Make a 4-inch ball from light-brown yarn and attach to body with a wooden craft stick. Create simple facial features using felt: white circles (approximately the size of a quarter, with 1/8-inch pom-poms for pupils) for eyes, yellow triangles for the beak, and long red felt teardrops as the wattle. Cut feather shapes from colored craft paper and bend in half lengthwise to create seam. Glue wooden craft stick to the bottom third of the feather and insert in a fan shape on turkey body. (Parents Magazine)
Donate Halloween Candy
If you don’t know what to do with all that left over Halloween Candy, send it to Operation Shoebox and they will get it over to our troops! Every year they go through tons of candy that they send to our troops and would be happy to have your leftovers!
Our mailing address is:
8360 Highway 25
Belleview, FL 34420
Help a neighbor, family member, or elderly rake leaves.
Donate Food to a Food Bank
Donate Food- What they Can Use
- Peanut Butter
- Canned Goods: Meats,
Stews, Tuna Fish,
- Pork & Beans, Navy
Beans, Spam, Soup
- Apple Sauce, Peaches,
Pears, Fruit Cocktail
- Green Beans, Corn, Peas and other vegetables
- Dry Pasta and Ramen
- Dried Beans
- Powdered Milk
- Spaghetti Sauce,
Tomato Sauce, Ravioli, Beefaroni
- Macaroni & Cheese
and other packaged dinners
- 100% Juice
- Saltine Crackers
- Toiletries: Toilet Paper, Soap, Shampoo, Deodorant, Feminine Napkins
The Food Bank accepts contributions of both food and non-food items. They accept donations from individuals and companies. To get more information on making a product donation please call 419-242-5000 or email the Outreach Coordinator, Jennifer Mirelez: firstname.lastname@example.org
Donate Toys to Charity-Nationwide Donation Pick Up
Donating toys to charity has never been easier thanks to the free toy donation pick up service offered by charities nationwide. Schedule a toy donation pick up today and donate toys to the local charity you choose. While the holiday season is a favorite time to donate toys to charity, toy donations are needed year-round. Budget-strapped families often don’t have enough money left at the end of the month for these extras that can brighten the day of a little one in need. Schedule a pick up today… http://www.donationtown.org/donation-pick-up.html
Love Letters: Random Cards of Kindness Inc.
Our goal is to create positive and inspirational homemade
cards for children with life-threatening illnesses. We also want our “Love
Letters Pen Pals” to inspire others in their community to commit to making
a difference through our organization.
Be sure to checkout the guidelines and suggestions for holiday & birthday cards, and share the idea with others. http://loveletterscares.org/
Please Send Your Cards To:
Love Letters: Random Cards of Kindness, Inc.
P.O. Box 161058
Altamonte Springs, FL 32716-1058
While you are filling your freezer make an additional meal for a neighbor or loved one
Drive-thru random act of Kindness
The next time you go through a drive-thru pay for the person’s order behind you, or a fraction of the person’s order behind you. They will be delightfully surprised to hear that the complete stranger in front of them just paid for their drink and/or meal.
Volunteer at the Local Ronald McDonald House
Volunteer at the Local Ronald McDonald House
- Bring homemade cookies or cupcakes for families. Or help children bake and decorate them.
- Organize a craft project for children
- Host a pizza party, ice cream social, or popcorn & movie night
- Make welcome goodie bags and care packages for families
- Make quilts, afghans or knitted hats and mittens for families
Give thanks for each other around the dinner table (we do this on
Each family member takes a turn and express why they are thankful for each of the other family members, specifically something they did that day.
Send a Letter to a Soldier
Call a friend who doesn’t live in town and ask them how their day is going.
Mobile Meals of Toledo
Home Delivered Meal Programs: Volunteer 1 -1/2 hours a day, two days per month or offer to substitute on an on-call basis.
Have kiddos send a Thank you for being a great friend Card.
I will be sharing updates on my families 30 days of gratitude every Thankful Thursday. There are so many ways to express gratitude everyday. Maybe your family has a special Thanksgiving ritual that illustrates gratitude, if so, please share.