It is the time of year for gathering with loved ones. There are so many opportunities to catch up, reminisce, laugh, eat, and share traditions. This year you may want to start a new tradition - host a humanitarian service night. You still get to gather, laugh, eat, etc., but at the end of the night you will be able to bless the life of someone in need.
It's simple really. Just choose a service project, invite friends and family, and gather supplies or ask your guests to bring them. I think you'll find that your guests will be more than willing to participate. Typically, people want to do more to help others, but sometimes the best of intentions get sidelined because life can get so busy. Organizing a night where your guests just get to show up and maybe donate a few supplies, is often a very welcome gesture.
Of course, you'll still want to provide some yummy food. I also recommend putting together an upbeat playlist and diffusing an uplifting essential oil blend to keep the mood energized. Try our Fresh Zest diffuser blend.
Service Project Ideas
- Piece together a quilt or simplify with a tied quilt or tied fleece blankets. Donate a local children's hospital.
- Assemble Bedtime Bags for family shelters or children in foster care.
- If you have senior citizens in your neighborhood, invite them and a few of your friends for a game night.
- Create Blessing Bags to give to members of the homeless population in your area. Our Summer Blessing Bags can easily be modified to include items for cold weather.
- If you are crafty, make homemade cards and donate them to a care center for the residents to use.
- Sew and assemble Days for Girls kits to provide feminine hygiene products to girls and women without access to them.
- You can always take your humanitarian party on the road. Head to a homeless shelter with your group and serve a meal or sort donations.
- For even more ideas, use a website like www.justserve.org. Enter your zip code and you will get a list of service opportunities in your area.
Do you have more ideas for a humanitarian service night? We'd love to hear them!