What was once a simple celebration of the contributions of
civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., has now evolved into an annual day
of service across the U.S.
What can you do?
There are so many
ways you can get involved, girlie! Use these to get ya started or head over to Serve.gov
for more projects.
1. Grab your gang of
gals and go clean up your favorite park.
2. Head over to a
soup kitchen and serve dinner on your day off.
3. Volunteer at a
local animal shelter.
4. Write a letter to
a soldier. Bonus points for a handmade V-Day card!
5. Bring your
besties to a retirement home and hang with your elders. I bet they can still
beat ya at BINGO.
6. Start a food
drive at your school.
7. Tutor struggling
students after school.
8. Donate your old
books to your local library.
9. Help an elderly
neighbor with errands or chores around the house.
10. Participate in a
charity race or walk-a-thon
11. Knit scarves and
hats…and donate them to a homeless shelter.
12. Make plans to
plan trees and flowers after the winter thaw.
13. Host a Teddy
Bear toy drive and donate the stuffed animals to a shelter. Local police and
fire stations may also distribute donations.
14. Put together a
care package for someone in your neighborhood who’s feeling lonely this time of
15. Start a pen pal
project between your classmates and senior citizens at a nursing home.
16. Sponsor a day of
fun at a local hospital. Collect books and toys to be handed out…then chill
with the patients and have a party.
17. Host a
bowl-a-thon backed by pledges. Use the proceeds to fill the food bowls at a
local animal shelter.
18. Set up a pet day
at a local nursing home or hospital, if possible, and bring in your pets for
19. Recycle an old
pair of sneakers. The rubber is used to make basketball courts, tracks and
20. Take some time
to play games on FreeRice.com.
21. Are you fab at
your sport? See if you can coach or mentor younger athletes.
22. Get some friends
together and baby sit during school board meetings or community town halls.
23. Head on over to
a local cemetery and tidy up the graves. Pull weeds, plant flowers and give
stones a good scrub.
24. Start a
recycling effort at your school.
Send thank-you notes to those who’ve helped you out this past year.
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 1/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN charity, do gooder