“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” – Mother Teresa
Solly Holidays wouldn’t be complete without bringing families even closer, and we can’t think of a better way than to serve together! We know it can be tough to find family service projects that you can do postpartum without feeling overwhelmed and even harder to find ones that your little ones can be a part of with you, but our 12 Days of Solly Service are simple, sweet and approachable. Start by downloading the guide above, follow along for twelve days this month and then be sure to share your #sollyservice to help spread the love.
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Spread the love by dropping off your used, wearable wraps at a crisis pregnancy center, NICU, or foster group. Most places that accept donations like this will also take other used baby clothes or equipment to help out new mamas if you have more baby items to give!
Feeling puppy love? Give the animals a little extra care and volunteer at your local animal shelter. This is a fun way to serve, play and make some new best friends with your family this holiday season! If your kids aren’t quite old enough to volunteer at a shelter, make dog treats or toys to drop by.
- How to make dog toys using old t-shirts
- How to make homemade dog treats
- Locate an animal shelter near you
Some of the elderly don’t receive many visitors, but you can brighten their day with a smile and a thoughtful gift! Take time to make potted plants with your family to gift to the elderly at your local nursing home.
- Terracotta Pots
- Acrylic Paint
- A Foam Brush
- A Small Succulent (or any plant of your choice)
- Medium Rocks
- Cactus Mix (Soil)
- Optional: Thin adhesive tape to mark your decorative design
- Option: String
Serve the hungry by donating food to a local food bank this holiday season. If you have extra time to give, stay a while and volunteer with your family as well!
Bake cookies as a family and deliver them to the fire station or police station. You can also leave a treat in your mailbox for your mail carrier!
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons hot water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
Serve your fellow mamas this holiday season by donating diapers to those in need. We’ve created an Amazon registry to make that process even easier for you. Pick which diaper package you’d like to gift, and it will be sent straight to the nonprofit organization, Baby2baby, who will distribute them to mamas and babies in need.
Share the stories you love. Collect used books and donate to a local library. You can simply collect these around your house, or search for additional used books throughout your neighborhood and community!
Being in the hospital can be a scary and boring experience, especially for young children. Serve them by bringing fun crafts for them to do while they’re admitted!
Serve refugees from around the world by donating or volunteering as a family mentor, soccer coach, English teacher, and more through TIYYA.org.
With so many disasters happening around the world this year, find a fun way to earn some money as a family to donate to a disaster relief program near you.
Take time out of your day to serve those you love most – your family members! This type of service can be even more fun when done in secret and will truly get your family in the holiday spirit.
- Leave positive notes for family members in places they will least expect
- Tell someone in your family what you love about them
- Clean your room without being asked
- Do someone else’s chore without them knowing
- Smile at your family members! It’s contagious!
- Wake up early to make breakfast for your family
Get into the spirit and let the #SollyService begin!