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Friday, December 16, 2011

No Price Tag on This Gift

Home of the Innocents gift
I’ll admit that with three kids (ages 2, 4 and 7), I am not able to volunteer within the community as much as I’d like, but at this time of year, I do what I can, such as planning my kids’ school parties and collecting items (shown above) for the Home of the Innocents’ Holiday Magic Ornament Program. In addition to making me feel good, I hope my volunteer efforts help my children learn that there is tremendous value in this unpaid work.
 
Here are some of the local volunteer opportunities that are especially appreciated during the holiday season:

Ronald McDonald House-- Make a meal for families staying at Ronald McDonald House through their Adopt-a-Meal Program. (502) 371-1441
St. Vincent de Paul Open Hand Kitchen -- Serves 2 meals a day, 365 days a year to shelter clients. (502) 301-8691
Catholic Charities Adopt-a-Refugee Family at Christmastime-- Purchase and deliver gifts to a refugee family in their homes. (502) 636-9263 ext. 145
Gift wrapping for Girl Scouts-- Wrap gifts at local malls to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. (502) 636-0900 ext. 24100
Salvation Army-- Ring a bell at a local grocery store for the Red Kettle Campaign. (502) 671-4920
 

The gift of time and effort is priceless!
Please share with us how your family makes a difference to others this time of year.
 
Contributed by Carrie Vittitoe, parent-writer for Today’s Family magazine.

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