Support Local Heroes

One of the coolest parts of being a part of Family Service Club is connecting with other people who are serving others all over the world. For example, Megan Livingston just started a new chapter of Family Service Club in Pennsylvania.  Another service group doing great things was started by my friend, Robin Roach. She runs a Facebook group similar to ours called The Kindness Club in Arizona. Robin’s group did a project earlier this year that we are going to adopt for our August Project. This project focuses on supporting and serving local public servants, local heroes. We are going to visit and bring cards and snacks to people we look up to in our community. We are following some easy steps to get this project going, and we hope you will to!

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Want to do this in your area?

1. Ask your kids to focus on a person or group of people:  Talk to your kids about the different people who make your community a better place. Remind them about police officers, firemen, librarians, linemen, teachers, doctors, post office workers, etc. Ask them which group of people they would like to encourage.

2. Contact the people you want to support: This step is super important. After you and your kids have decided who to support, get in touch with a point of contact so you can make a plan. Ask that person when you can visit and what types of snacks would be most appreciated.

3. Prepare to serve: Put the date on you calendar, and start getting your kids excited. Write cards expressing gratitude, bake or buy the treats requested, and read books or watch videos about the people you are serving (see below).

4. Go love people: Make your trip to the station, library, school, etc. and do your best to connect and thank the people you are there to visit. The most important part of service (in my opinion) is loving people, so give your family time to talk and listen.

5. Share your Story (Optional): If you get a chance to do this project with your family, share your experience. You might inspire someone else to do this project too.

RESOURCES

I love using books and videos to help my kids get excited about serving. Here are a few resources that might be helpful in preparing kids for this project. If you know of any others, please share them!

Books

1. A Day in the Life of a Police Officer by Linda Hayward: This book is written for new readers, and it is a great way to show kids about all the things Police Officers do each day. We are going to be visiting a police station, so this book is a great one for my son. This series also includes A Day in the Life of a Firefighter and A Day in the Life of a Builder.

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2. The People in your Neighborhood by Naomi Kleinberg: If you have younger kids, this Sesame Street book would be a good way to start talking about local heroes you might choose to serve.

Video/App

Community Helpers Play and Learn: This video walks you through an app that focus on different community helpers and what they do for the community. Watching this video or downloading this app would be a good way to raise awareness of all the people who work together in your community.

When I talked to my son about this service project, his response was “hooray”! I can’t wait to get started on planning, and I hope all of you and your kids are excited too. Let’s all work together to make people feel acknowledged, loved, and supported. If you have any thoughts on this post, or if you have other ideas about how we can show love, please let us know. Also, if you are interested, click here to start a club of your own.  Thank you so much for reading, and let’s go love people on purpose.

 

About Kellie Van Atta

Kellie Van Atta is a wife, a mom of two, and a teacher of English. She lives in Southern California and is passionately dedicated to teaching her kids to love others.

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