Giving Is Good for the Soul

Not only is Thanksgiving right around the corner, but so is Giving Tuesday. The Tuesday after the consumerist holidays of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday has been designated as a day to give back to the communities we live in. Here at Skateland in Bradford, MO we’re excited to celebrate this holiday, and we hope you’ll join us!

volunteerVolunteering with your kids isn’t just good for the community–it’s also good for your family. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and disconnected nowadays, even during the holidays. By focusing on others, kids learn to take responsibility for the world they live in and to be grateful for their blessings. They also feel empowered to can change the world for the better. That’s a powerful message for everyone, not just kids!

Finding volunteer opportunities that are suitable for kids can seem tricky, but don’t worry! Sites like VolunteerMatch.org and Idealist.org offer the option to search for family or kid-friendly opportunities. Your school, church, work, Scout troop, etc. may have activities planned as well. If all else fails, you can always contact organizations directly and ask them about volunteer opportunities. Animal shelters, homeless shelters, senior centers, and food banks are particularly busy during this time of year. Even cleaning for the holidays can turn into a community service project! Have kids go through their clothes and toys to find gently used items to donate to charity.

No matter how you choose to give back, we hope you’ll reward yourselves with some time for active fun at Skateland! Join us for a public skate session and don’t forget about our Black Friday Skate from 12:00 to 5:00 on November 24th!

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