100 Ways for Your Family to Make a Difference

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

Used with permission from  Kristen Welch.

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  • JL

    What a great article and perfect time of year as we are re-evaluating our lives. For next time, I would love to hear how we include God in this journey as well. Merry Christmas!

  • JoAnne

    My #1 commitment is to never give up on your child.

  • sandra vasco tavares

    Wao!! Love the article. Even thought I always put GOD before anything it seems like I cant do it anymore. I don’t work and have to do everything around the house and it seems like it is too much to manage.