It’s Memorial Day Weekend and you know what that means – summer is officially here! If you’re like us and most other families I know, the kids are out for the summer and you’re trying to figure out how to keep them entertained and save your own sanity over the next 3 months.
What will your kids be doing this summer? Summer camp? (Check.) Vacation Bible School? (Check.) Lots of trips to fun places like the zoo, the aquarium or the water park? (Hopefully several checks.) A vacation somewhere exciting? (Check.) We have a lot of fun activities planned for this summer at the Draper House, but I’m sure there will also be plenty of down time and plenty of “how are we going to make it to the end of August without going nuts?”
When you are planning out ways to keep your kids busy this summer, why not include service projects on your list of activities? I challenge every family to make a list of at least ten service projects to complete this summer. They don’t have to be involved or complicated – just make an effort to make a difference! Abby and I have already completed 41 projects, so you can go to our Project List for some ideas. (You can also get some great ideas here or here.)
There are so many great ways you and your children can make a difference this summer spending little to no money! Plus, think how rewarding it will be for your children to have the experience of helping others this summer and learning to be givers.
One of the things I really love about this challenge is the idea that together we can make a really big difference this summer. If 30 different families each commit to doing 10 different service projects, that is 300 service projects. If 100 different families commit to doing 10 different service projects, that’s 1000 projects! You get the idea. Even little projects can really add up when you’re talking about numbers like that. Let’s work together to make the world a better place and make a difference this summer.
Please share this challenge with your friends and family and help the movement grow. Post it on your Facebook or Twitter account and help us grow! If you’re going to participate in the challenge, please leave a comment so we can truly see the impact we are going to make! My goal is to have at least 100 families participate in this challenge. Are you up for it??? Also, watch for an update about a new Teaching To Give Facebook page – coming soon! Through the page, everyone can share about the projects they do during the Summer Service Challenge! So…. who is in?