With all the decorations and music and shopping mall sales, it’s easy to forget that ‘tis the season of giving, particularly for kiddos who are hopped up on Christmas cookies and visions of shiny new toys!
At this time of year when so many of us are giving lots of gifts and gathering with our loved ones, it’s a lovely lesson to show kiddos that there are many who are far less fortunate. We’ve put together a list of activities this holiday season to get kids involved; read on, mamas!
Who: Project One More Thing
What: Make Christmas cards with elderly residents at Thian Leng Old Folks’ Home
When: Saturday 13 December (tomorrow!)
Where: 115 Lorong G Telok Kurau, Singapore 426317
In our experience, nothing can make a senior citizen’s face light up faster than the sight of a small child. Why not have the kiddos brighten someone’s day while making some holiday cards? Project One More Thing focuses on having youth improve the lives of the elderly.
Contact: Email Anu at firstname.lastname@example.org to participate. Click here for more information.
Who: Salvation Army
What: Christmas Kettling
When: Through 24 December
Where: Various malls and shops around Singapore
Bell-ringing for Salvos is among the world’s most ubiquitous holiday charities. It takes just two hours to help raise funds for this organisation that benefits a wide array of people across Singapore. Limited to kids 16 and up, but younger kids should be able to accompany mum & dad!
Contact: Click here or call the volunteer hotline at (+65) 6452 4093 for more details
Who: Love for a Dollar (FAD)
What: Giftwrapping with love
When: Through 24 December
Where: Various malls around Singapore
Wrap gifts for holiday shoppers who donate $1 or more, with proceeds benefitting Food from the Heart, Singapore Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Shifts start from just 2.5 hours.
Contact: Click here for more information on timings and locations
Who: Singapore SPCA
What: Annual Christmas Shopping & Drinks
When: Thursday 18 December, 6-10pm
Where: Tangs Orchard, Level 4, 310 Orchard Road, Singapore 238864
Kids are welcome at this event featuring free wine, soft drinks and cake. Peruse a range of animal-themed merchandise, with every purchase benefitting the SPCA’s nine shelters across the island. And if you’re thinking about buying the kiddos a pet for Christmas, consider their mantra Adopt, Don’t Shop; The SPCA’s shelters will even be open on Christmas Day! Click here for hours.
Who: The Ground Up Initiative
What: Pitch in at Balik Kampung
When: Every weekend, 8:45m-1pm
Where: Lorong Chencharu, Sembawang
While not strictly holiday-specific, this is a great way to spend time together outdoors and work off some of those Christmas calories! The Ground Up Initiative encourages participants to rediscover the kampong spirit by renewing their connection with land, and with one another. At this dedicated green space, kids can participate in activities like farming and craftwork as a means toward community building, sustainable living, and bringing positive change to society.
Contact: Click here for more details