Monday, November 24, 2014

U.S. Families Begin Holiday Season with Volunteering

National Family Volunteer Day took over most of last weekend, according to a few national media reports.

“Family Volunteer Day is a day of service that demonstrates and celebrates the power of families who volunteer together, supporting their neighborhoods, communities and the world...Family Volunteer Day is strategically held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to “kick-off” the holiday season with giving and service. It also signals the start of National Family Week, sponsored by the Alliance for Children and Families and the Annie E. Casey Foundation,” according to the Points of Light website.

In Logan, Utah, over 82 volunteers gathered inside an elementary school gymnasium where they “...all got together for our clothing drive and started folding and sorting all of the clothing donations we got,” said Shonna Ferree from AmeriCorps Vista. “We had 82 people here last night folding and sorting and setting up tables. They were here for three hours. We invited people back today to kind of finish everything up.”

“Tonight we specifically reached out to refugee families in Cache Valley,” Ferree said.

Ferree said the event has grown so much over the past few years that this year’s may end up being a much bigger community event.

In Roanoke Valley, Virginia, families decided to begin spreading holiday cheer. They made holiday cards for seniors in their communities that will be delivered via a volunteer operated food delivery program

In Redding, California, families continued the spread of holiday cheer by making toys for animals at an exploration park, and dusting off, sorting and repairing holiday ornaments for the park.

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