For some time now, I've been trying to figure out a way for our family to volunteer together. At 1 and 3 years old, the girls are a little young to actively participate in most volunteer events.
It is now a week until Christmas. With out-of-town family on the way, I am still working out our holiday agenda. Possible activities include a trip down to Mount Vernon Estate, exploring the U.S. Botanic Garden and checking out the National Christmas Tree and Pathway of Peace downtown.
In the midst of the bustle, I keep searching for something unique and meaningful.
On Christmas Eve, we will be going to church. But what about Christmas Day? I explained Christmas to my 3-year-old as a birthday party for Jesus. We decorate our house, get together with family and friends and—because Jesus isn't here to get gifts in person—we make presents and do nice things for people.
But how do I really make that concept stick?
Enter The Holiday Project.
The Holiday Project is a locally-based nonprofit that coordinates visits to nursing homes and hospitals around holidays throughout the year. This Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, there are a number of visits planned in our area. Bringing children is encouraged, and in many cases, pets are allowed, too.
This project is especially near and dear to my heart. Over the past year, I had a couple of chances to see the delight that my girls' antics brought to senior center residents—most importantly, my grandma. Sadly, over half of all nursing care residents spend their holidays alone. My grandma recently passed, and this seems like a great way to honor her.
Want to join us? Check out scheduled visits in our area.