Not everyone is in prime financial standing for giving monetary donations, especially the month before the holiday season kicks off. Therefore, we suggest holding a drive for gently used or brand-new clothing, toys, and books. These can be given to Family and Children Services and they will disburse the donations as needed.
The holidays bring out the giving side in many of us. In fact, many Americans give their annual charitable gifts during the holiday season. During National Adoption Month, it's a great time to build giving into your family's traditions, while also calling attention to adoption.
My son is just old enough this year to understand the importance of sharing. So this year, and every year after, we're going to gather up the toys he doesn't want anymore and donate them to a local children's agency. I'm hoping this tradition will help my son develop a connection to charity, and quite honestly, he'll need to make room in his toy box for his gifts from Santa. (My son's extended family always ignores my “one present” rule at Christmas.)
Another tradition my family has is called Friends Thanksgiving. Our friends all have kids, and we all keep moving further away over the years. So once a year, we try to get together as a group for Friends Thanksgiving. In addition to bringing one Thanksgiving dish each, I will ask my friends to also bring new or used clothing and toys to help local children in need.
Here are some other donation collection ideas you could try during National Adoption Month:
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