Since 2015, we have created a printable download for the month of December that we call our Kindness Calendar for Kids. We are pleased to bring you an updated calendar for 2018, complete with more resources on how to give. Each day, there is a suggestion for a random act of kindness that even your youngest child can do to show friendliness, gratitude, consideration and generosity.
Our hope is that these small acts start a conversation about giving and gratitude with our kids, inspiring us to do more for those around us. Similar to last year, we have included links to resources mentioned on the calendar. Each item marked with an asterisk* on the calendar will have more information about it below, including wish lists, addresses, how to donate, etc.
We would love to see your little ones in action! Use the hashtag #JMBKidsGiveBack so we can see all the good happening here in Jax.
*Buy something for a child from the Angel Tree: The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program provides Christmas gifts for children ages birth-12 whose families have proven financial hardship. These are kids who, without the generosity of people in our community, might not otherwise receive gifts for Christmas. You can find Angel Tree tags at all Jacksonville-area Ashley HomeStore locations, as well as at the The Avenues Mall offices in the Food Court by December 14.
*Donate toys, puzzles or games to Foster’s Closet: The complete wish list of the Foster’s Closet can be found here. Please call before donating. They can be reached at (904) 629-2116 and are located at 8307 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216.
*Make a card for a solider overseas: Send a card through Operation Gratitude, or even a care package. Click here to learn more.
*Donate school supplies to The Giving Closet: Students in our schools are struggling now more than ever from problems caused by situational poverty. These problems affecting our students include living in unstable environments, homelessness, and lack of access to resources. The Giving Closet Project aims to address some of the most basic problems our students and schools face through simple, effective solutions. To donate youth clothing, school supplies or hygiene products, please call (904) 226-3931.
*Deliver Wish list items to the Ronald McDonald House: The Ronald McDonald House wish list can be found here. They are located at 824 Children’s Way, Jacksonville, FL 32207.
*Donate blankets to the ACPS or Humane Society: Jacksonville’s Animal Care and Protective Services wish list can be found here. They accept items Tuesday through Saturday at 2020 Forest St, Jacksonville, FL 32204. The Jacksonville Humane Society wish list can be found here. They are located at 8464 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216. Clay County Animal Care and Control’s wish list can be found here.
*Send candy to a solider overseas: Operation Shoebox volunteers love packing boxes year-round with candy, but especially for the holidays. Collect bags of individually wrapped candies; heat-resistant candy is best in warm seasons. Mail your candy donation to Operation Shoebox, 8360 East Highway 25, Belleview, FL 34420.
*Donate outgrown coats to charity: One Warm Coat was started in 1992 in San Francisco. Their mission is to provide anyone in need with a warm coat, free of charge. Drop off your donated coat to J.Crew at the Town Center through 12/25/2018.
*Donate warm socks: New socks are one of the most requested items by the Sulzbacher Center, one Jacksonville’s Homeless Shelters. Click here to learn more.
What is your favorite activity to do with your kids to show kindness to others?