Sharing the Good Life

By Leslie Moore

Sharing the Good Life

All children love the holidays, a time of fun activities and gifts. For many children (and adults), this is the season of “I want…” and “Me!” This year, teach your children and grandchildren the joy of giving back and that the holidays are about much more than “things.”

Start this year and make giving a family tradition—pick a charity as a family and donate time and resources during the month of December. Talk to kids about ways to give back; they may have some great ideas. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Ways to give back this Holiday season:

  • Help a homeless teenager. Hope House in Myrtle Beach helps homeless teenagers in Myrtle Beach. Many of the young people need new shoes and coats this time of year. Talk to your child about donating some of their piggy bank money to help. Call 843-808-2739 for more information.
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen or food pantry. Statistics say that one in four children will go hungry during this holiday. Your older children can help serve food at area shelters and the younger children can help gather canned goods for donation to local food pantries.
  • Adopt a family in need. Local churches, the Salvation Army, Helping Hands and others can provide the ages and sizes of a family who might not have a holiday without assistance. Let the children help shop for gifts and food; they can even help with the expenses with a donation from their piggy bank.
  • Ask your children to go through their toys and select gently used items to donate to local charities.
  • Local charity, David’s Blankets was started by a local child who thinks every sick child should have a blanket. The website,, has a list of suggested donations for blanket-making.
  • Visit a Senior Center or Nursing Home. The holidays are often a difficult time for senior citizens. Let the kids make homemade cards and treats and pay a visit to a lonely senior.
  • Make Blessing Bags. A staff member at Sasee saw this idea on Facebook and it’s a good one. Get gallon Zip Lock bags and fill them with small personal care items and a few dollars for a phone call or other food item. Leave the finished bags in the car and distribute them to the homeless.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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2 Responses to “Sharing the Good Life”

  1. It is never too soon to teach children to give. When my preschool students brought canned goods for the needy, I encouraged their parents to allow the children to place them in the giving box, so they could make the connection of donating to those less fortunate. There are so many worthy causes.

  2. Rose Ann says:

    Great suggestions to help others, and at the same time, instill character and values in your children. Thanks for the timely reminder.

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