Many of us have the day off from work or school today to honor the memory of a great man: Revered Dr. Martin Luther King. It can be a day to shop or goof off, to laze in bed or do nothing. But, is that the message we want to share with our children? To really honor the memory of a man who stood for peaceful protest and equality for all people, why not do something to show kids we can make a difference?
There are so many ways we, as humans who share this wonderful planet, can help one another without costing anything but time. Here are some suggestions for things you and your kids can do for MLK Day and beyond:
- Visit nursing home residents. So many lonely people would welcome a visit.
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen or food bank.
- Volunteer for Meals ON Wheels to deliver meals to those unable to leave home.
- Play with pets in a local animal shelter.
- Foster a dog or cat.
- Use http://www.mealtrain.com to organize meal delivery for a family going through hard times.
- Go for a walk with a bag to pick up litter for recycling or disposal.
- Help your kid’s school start a garden.
- Read to people with low or no vision. http://www.lighthouseguild.org
- Gather some friends to clean up a local park or schoolyard.
Kindness and a helping hand are not something to practice only one day a year. Every time we reach out to others, we honor the memories of those who spent their lives promoting peace and understanding. Acts of kindness can be contagious. Let’s spread them far and wide.