Thanksgiving Care Packages
By Jen Kossowan, Mama. Papa. Bubba.
Oct 9, 2015
For our family, Thanksgiving is a wonderful weekend filled with loved ones, a turkey feast and delicious pumpkin pie. It’s also a time to reflect on all we have to be thankful for.
One of the ways we often practice gratefulness is to create and deliver care packages to some of the people in our community who could use some extra love.
One of the things I like about this project is that children can be involved in the entire process, from brainstorming to shopping to packing and delivering.
Children can be involved in the entire process, from brainstorming to shopping to packing and delivering.
The other wonderful thing about Thanksgiving care packages is that they can take many forms. It's all up to you: the items you include, the amount you spend on supplies, how you deliver them. You can choose to make many smaller packages to keep in the car and handout whenever the opportunity arises, or you can choose to create a few larger packs to personally deliver to people you see regularly in your community.
This year, my daughter and I decided to create a few larger care packages to hand deliver to some of the people we see often throughout our days.
To get started on the project, we brainstormed a list of items we thought would be helpful, then we headed to the store to shop.
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Here’s an example of what we picked up for one of our care packages:
- a small umbrella
- a pair of wool gloves
- a couple of pairs of thermal socks for warmth and protection
- some moisturizing wipes
- some hand sanitizer
- a bottle of water
- fresh fruit
- oat bars
- fruit and veggie bars
- a packet of almonds
- some hummus and tuna with crackers
We also added a notebook and pen, some gum and some maple cookies as a sweet treat.
With our supplies ready to go, we carefully placed everything into a reusable canvas tote bag that we hope will come in handy once all of the items have been used or eaten.
We tucked a quick note and a fall drawing into the bag to make the package a little bit more meaningful and personalized.
That’s it. All that’s left to do now is deliver our Thanksgiving care packages this weekend—I know my little helper will very happily do that job.
If nothing else, we hope to be able to brighten someone’s day and spread some kindness around our community.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
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