We helped host a neighborhood Care & Share the other night, which is a new tradition for us now. It was our second year doing it, and was such a great experience.
The whole idea behind a neighborhood Care & Share, is that instead spending hours in the kitchen baking plates and plates of holiday goodies for your neighbors, you instead all gather on one night, and bake ONE plate to share with each other. You then give donations (with the money you saved) to a charity of choice for Christmas.
We have a local charity that feeds elementary students who go without food, as well as our local food bank that we chose to have the donations go to. We ended up with a bunch of food donations PLUS another $600 to go towards the County Caring for Kids program!
This new tradition is so much better than the old way of doing things for 3 reasons:
1.) We can never eat all the Christmas treats that are gifted to us anyway
2.) We get to actually enjoy each other’s company for an evening
3.) We are doing service at the same time.
We also had a horse and buggy that gave rides around the neighborhood, and I supplied some hot cocoa and warm apple cider. We enjoyed our treats around fire pits.
If you are participating in the Light the World challenge, day 21’s theme is “feed the hungry.” This would be a fantastic event for that!
It was a great evening! I’ve created some Care & Share printable invitations for those wanting to host a similar party. Just upload to picmonkey or Canva and you can input the details.
(right click and “save as”)
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