With the start of the Holiday Season comes the warm and fuzzy
feelings of giving. It is a time of showing others how much we care,
giving thanks for everything we have, and celebrating the end of
another great year! The Holidays are also the perfect time of the year
to help those who are less fortunate through service projects. We
invite our Girl Scouts sisters from all over the council to join us in
celebrating this Season of Service by sharing the awesome projects you
take on in your school, neighborhood, community, and beyond!
Here are some examples of fun ways Girl Scouts of all ages can get in the spirit of giving back this Holiday Season:
- Go caroling, make holiday cards, or visit your local nursing home. Make the day of a nursing home resident by spreading some holiday cheer! This is a fun service project that can get the whole troop involved. Girl Scouts can sing their favorite Christmas carols and spend some time visiting with residents. At a troop meeting leading up to your visit, spend some time making holiday cards or another treat to share.
- “Adopt” a family through the Olivet Neighborhood Mission Holiday Adoption Program. The families the Olivet Neighborhood Mission support struggle sometimes to provide the bare necessities for their children, and extra support can be needed to provide for any extra needs during the holidays. This program helps 100-200 families serve holiday meals and touches the lives of up to 1,000 children. Adopting a family for the holidays can give your troop an opportunity to make the holidays brighter for a family in need. If your troop is interested in purchasing thanksgiving meals, gifts, or sponsoring a family this holiday season visit, https://www.olivetmission.org/services/holiday_adoption/.
- Put together care packages for the men and women serving in the military. Work together to collect needed items like toothbrushes, toiletries, and treats for active military members and find an organization to donate them to. Spend time as a troop putting the care packages together, and even spread some holiday cheer by including a handmade card or note!
These are just a few ways your troop can celebrate the Season of Service, but there are so many other ways to spread kindness this holiday season! Girl Scouts, work together to brainstorm a list of ways you can give back to people in your community and beyond with a service project. Let us know what your troop has planned and send any fun photos you take to Marcomm@GirlScoutsToday.org!