Moms With A Mission- Part 2

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I'm so thankful that my bloggy buddy Mari has offered to share with us today about how her family serves together!
But before we get to that I wanted to announce that the winner of the "Teach Me to Serve" eBook giveaway is Sarah Hollensed Poling!  Congrats and thanks for entering!
If you didn't win but would still like to have this awesome book about teaching your kids to serve, the author has graciously offered my readers 25% off today through Wednesday (enter the code "mama25" at checkout)-- this is good for pdf files only and unfortunately not Nook or Kindle.
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My name is Mari Hernandez-Tuten and I am over at Inspiredbyfamilymag.com, stop by an say hello we would love to hear from you. I was delighted when Kate asked me to join her in this series because her heart behind this is something that I am passionate about.

I was raised in a home where my parents modeled service. I don't ever remember getting a speech on giving and sharing of our blessings with others it was modeled and that spoke to me more then lectures ever would. This beautiful gift of giving is something my parents gave to me and I also want to pass it on to my children.

We are in the midst of the time of the year that we are moved to be thankful and to have a spirit of giving. It's definitely not a coincidence that those go hand in hand. When we engage in moments of gratitude we realize how much we have been blessed with and it moves us to serve and give to others of that overflow. I am not just talking about writing a check and donating money (though that is needed) but something that your whole family can be involved in, if you need ideas check out our Make a Difference Ideas for the family.

One of the simple ways that we get involved in our community as a family is we regularly do, "Operation Brown Bag". Our family makes lunches for homeless kids on the street (and whoever else we see). Our table becomes an assembly line and before we know it we have a basket full of lunch bags to go distribute. There have been times that we have distributed Happy Meals instead. I love doing that because I know that for so many kids it's a first. When we go distribute them sometimes we don't have time to get out of the car and give it to each person and other times I don't feel comfortable with getting out of the car because of the neighborhood. What we do then is roll the window down and give the child or adult a lunch. I believe in looking at them in the eye and with a smile saying "This is for you, God loves you." In the past, we have even had friends or sunday schools decorate the bags as you see above and then we go distribute them.

Our family has been doing this simple act of kindness in our community since my son was 2 years old and I love how this has inspired my children to find ways to bless others. One day my son comes in and says to me, "Mom can we give the gardeners some lemonade?" My heart was filled with joy because it was a small act of kindness that he thought of all on his own. I hope this encourages you to find ways to get even your little ones invovled. I also came up with a list of "Organizations with Meaningful Gifts." All of the organizations listed use the proceeds from the gift item you buy to help people in need around the world. Just in time for Christmas gift giving

Thanks so much for sharing that with us, Mari!

I would love for anyone else to share how their family serves "here and now"!  Please link up your ideas below or tell us about them in the comments for this post!



I would love to hear what you have to say!