I have not gotten on board with the whole Elf on the Shelf thing. I don’t have anything against him, it just seems like a lot of work, for little return. What I mean by that is that there is no real lesson in Elf on the Shelf…as a matter of fact, he’s quite a naughty little elf. When I came across the idea for Kindness Elves, I thought ‘now this is a tradition I can get behind! Yea, it’s probably even more work, but I will get behind anything that helps instill kindness and compassion in my children. With this said, tomorrow our little elves will appear. We happened to have these sweet little elves tucked away already. I think they will make perfect Kindness Elves. You can use any elves…you can even use the real Elf on the Shelf, and just rehabilitate his ornery habits.
Beginning tomorrow morning…these sweet little elves will appear with an act of kindness for my children to complete. Every night they will return to the North Pole to share with Santa these compassionate deeds.
I have compiled a tentative itinerary forall 24 days leading up to Christmas..here it is!
Day 1: The Elves will return the Santa sacks from last year. The kids will fill these sacks with underused and unwanted toys to be donated back to Santa (local shelter). Santa will return these bags Christmas morning full of Christmas goodness.
Day 2: Write letters and drawings to send to the military
Day3: Draw pictures for Color A Smile. Color A Smile is a nonprofit organization that collects cheerful drawings from volunteers of all ages. Every month they distribute thousands of these colorful drawings to Senior Citizens, Our Troops Overseas, and anyone in need of a smile.
Day 4: The kids will make birdfeeders for our feathered friends.
Day 5: Donate to KIVA , a non-profit microlending organization with a mission to alleviate poverty
Day 6: Tape quarters to parking meters.
Day 7:Make salt-dough Christmas ornaments to deliver to friends, family, and our neighborhood.
Day 8: Decorate oven mitts that will be used by Meals on Wheels delivery drivers.
Day 9: Log onto Rice.org and log some rice points. For every answer the kids get right, The United Nations World Program donates 10 grains of rice to help end hunger.
Day 10: Sweep the leaves off our neighbor’s porches.
Day 11: Build fuzzy-sock care packages for the homeless (make a dollar store run for these)
Day 12: Nominate a family to be their secret Santa, or give them a 12 days of Christmas. You can follow this on Instagram @CincodeMami
Day 13: Make reindeer out of candy canes to pass out.
Day 14: Pass out the reindeer candy canes to kids at a Christmas Parade we will be going to!
Day 15: Pass out ornaments to homes that are part of a Christmas home tour we are going to
Day 16: Make placemats and lunch bags for Meals on Wheels recipients.
Day 17: Write letters to VA. Recovering American Soldier C/o Walter Reed Army American Center, 6900 Georgia Avenue, NW Washington DC, 20307
Day 18: Make no-sew fleece caps for children going through chemotherapy
Day 19: Volunteer to clean our schools classrooms before the winter break
Day 20: Bake Cookies and deliver to police officers, fire departments and nurses
Day 21: Decorate holiday cards for soldiers overseas. Red Cross-sponsored Holiday Mail for Heroes
Day 22: Collect used towels to donate to the local animal shelter or make pet toys for them.
Day 23: Make no-sewew fleece scarves for the homeless
Day 24: Adopt a “grandfriend” and make regularly scheduled visits just to offer company….
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