KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | June 2017

Summer Service for Kids!

By Beth Thomas

Ahhh! Summer vacation. The time you’ve been waiting for all year! School is out, and it’s time to sleep in, visit summer camp, enjoy family picnics, eat ice cream, participate in summer sports, go camping, and play from sunup to sundown, right? Well, there’s nothing wrong with those activities, but what if we used the summer break to do something for someone else, too? Here are some suggestions I came up with. But you’re creative, and I know you probably have some of your own ideas!

Community Garden

If your neighborhood has a community garden, reserve a garden plot and plant some seeds or seedlings. Carefully water and cultivate your plants, and soon your produce will be big enough to eat. Then you can harvest a basketful of vegetables and deliver it to a needy family.

 

Elderly Visits

Create cards with encouraging scripture references to take to shut-in church members. Sing songs with them, or share a poem you learned in school; listen to their stories and ask them questions. If they live at home, offer to weed their flower beds or mow their lawn. If they have a dog, perhaps you could walk it for them. 

 

Homeless Visits 

Prepare gift bags with bug repellent, moisturizer, fans, and sunscreen to give to those who are homeless, those who stand on street corners. They’d also enjoy a healthy lunch and some cold water, I’m sure! Wrap candy bars with a dollar or two and a GLOW tract, to give your homeless friends a sweet finish and some reading material. 

 

Random Acts of Kindness

 Doing something compassionate for someone else, with no expectation of a gift in return, is one of the most rewarding things you can do. Visit a laundromat and leave quarters and/or detergent on the folding table with a note that says it’s for anyone who needs it. Make cookies or lemonade for the mail carrier or trash collector. Deliver a plate of cookies to your local police or fire station and thank them for their service. When you go to the grocery store, offer to return a cart for someone! 

 

 

The apostle Paul gives us some good counsel: “Be kind and compassionate to one another” (Eph. 4:32, NIV). It’s tempting to think that summer vacation is all about us, but let’s include others in our plans too! Little acts of kindness make a big impression.