Houston Summer Kid-Friendly Giving Back

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Houston Summer Kid-Friendly Giving BackBetween all the trips to the pool, late nights, and fun with friends, summer is also the perfect time for giving back to our Houston community. Here are some great ideas of things you can do with your children to inspire charitable hearts this summer.

Giving Back

  • Collect the kids’ unused or gently used school supplies from this past year and donate them to a school in need.
  • Swing by your neighborhood McDonald’s to purchase a cup sleeve as part of their “Sleeves for Support” fundraiser for RMHC. The $5 sleeve fits a large McDonald’s fountain drink and proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House HoustonRonald McDonald House of Galveston, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Houston/Galveston. Sleeves are available beginning June 3, until they sell out.
  • Volunteer at Lunches of Love, an organization that provides 4,000 lunches each day. Kids can volunteer to assemble lunches, decorate bags, and even participate in delivery. 
  • Summer birthday? Consider including a charitable component in your child’s birthday through monetary or item donation for a cause that’s near and dear to your heart.
  • Grab your neighbors and have a lunch kit party where you assemble lunches for Kids’ Meals Houston. Super easy for any age and they can also decorate the bags too! 
  • Houston Summer Kid-Friendly Giving BackPut together hygiene kits for BEAR {a resource for CPS kids}.  They have chosen the most common personal hygiene items in order to create normalcy and keep each child healthy when transitioning into CPS care. Foster Village Houston also has a similar program. 
  • Bake cookies to take to your local fire station. {Bonus:: they may give your kids a tour of the firehouse while you are there!} 
  • Host an underwear drive for Undies for Everyone, headquartered right here in Houston {currently on hold for volunteers until mid-2021}
  • If you have children 17 or older at home with you this summer, consider making a family outing to donate blood. During these Covid-19 times, blood donations have been hit hard. Find a location near you at the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. 
  • Houston Summer Kid-Friendly Giving BackHelp keep our coastline clean! Galveston Bay Foundation is always looking for teams of volunteers. Sign up for their list of opportunities for giving back here
  • Houston Food Bank is always looking for volunteers at various locales around Houston. Find out more here
  • Star of Hope, an organization that helps support our city’s homeless population, has welcomed back volunteers as of June 1st! They also have opportunities to do an in-kind donation drive as well. 

 

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Meagan is a Dallas native who has lived in the Katy area for over a decade. She kicked a soccer ball all the way to Louisiana to attend college at her family’s alma mater of LSU, where she promptly fell in love with a Texas Aggie in Baton Rouge for an internship. After swimming back to Texas following Hurricane Katrina, Matt and Meagan fell in love with the Houston area and now couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Following several years of infertility, their miracle twins Ryan and Quinn were born in June of 2010. She believes there is nothing better than a chilled glass of Pinot Grigio, a large Sonic Diet Coke, sushi take-out, Girls Nights Out, and a mindless book to curl up with. Besides playing chauffeur and catering to the whims of her children, Meagan also is the Co-Owner of Houston Moms Blog. You can keep up with Meagan at The Clanahan Fam and on Instagram @meaganclanahan!

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