It’s almost summer and kids will soon be out of school. Hopefully you and your family will have more free time to do things together. Well, I want to make a pitch to you. I want to challenge you and your family to pick an activity or a cause or a project that you can all do together to make a difference to someone in some way.
When my kids were younger, I volunteered for the friendly visitor program in my area. Once a week I would visit an elderly woman and walk her to the local library to check out books. One week I was running late and needed to leave early to pick up my son and his friends from middle school. I asked Carmen, the women I visited, if she minded if we cut the visit short so I could pick the boys up. She said sure but only if she could go with me. From then on, at least one of my visits each month we would cut our walk short and go pick up the boys. I wish I had recorded some of the conversations and laughter between 13-year-old boys and an 88-year-old women. They were priceless. My son still talks about Carmen to this day.
One idea that to make a difference, is going to an assisted living facility to visit the residents. You can play a game, bring along a simple art project that you can do with them, or you can keep it simple and just go sit and talk with them. Ask them to tell you stories about what they did on their summer vacations when they were younger. You will be amazed how just being there will make a difference to the residences and how it will affect your kids.
To visit residents, google assisted living facilities in your area. Call ahead and ask if it is ok to visit and to see what the best times are. Most places love and encourage visitors, especially kids. In most facilities you will discover that there are some residents who have no one to visit them.
To help with this challenge, follow us on Instagram and on Facebook @The2Rns. I’ll post more ideas to help get you and your kids out there this summer to make a difference to even a few people for a few minutes.
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