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5 Summer Break Activities That Give Back

May 23, 2016 03:56PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Soldiers onboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) receiving their care packages, image courtesy of Operation Gratitude's Facebook page.

There are so many great organizations in the community that you and your child can become a part of. We've compiled some more Boredom Busters that you can take advantage of this summer. 

1.    Arlington Life Shelter - Children can make homemade birthday, thank you and Get Well Soon cards for residents of the shelter. Cards can be made offsite and brought to the shelter at 325 W Division St, Arlington, TX 76011. The unique thing about the Arlington Life Shelter is that it is the only shelter in the DFW area with a work requirement for residents receiving more than emergency shelter.

2.    Cards for Military Members - Write letters to currently deployed service members, newly deployed or wounded warriors. Share a little about yourself and where you live, thank them for their service. Use only first names, but you can include address or email if the service member would like to respond. 

3.    Donate items on the Cook Children's Wish List to provide assistance to their patients and their families. Donated items can be delivered to the Information Desk from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 801 7th Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76104. Wish list can be found here.

4.    Harvesting International Ministry Center - Harvesting International Ministry Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, established to reach out to the poor and feed the hungry in local cities. Their international outreach at this time extends into Mexico. You can send donations of any kind to 150 S. Sixth Ave. PO Box 949 Mansfield TX 76063, or volunteer your time to help weekly distributions. 

5.    Run a Bike Drive for Pedal-Power - Pedal-Power is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that recovers used bicycles, repairs them to working condition, and donates them to individuals locally and in developing countries. Get involved and run a Bike Drive, or volunteer. Learn more about what requirements you need to meet to do this here.

It so important to give back to the local community, as well as to teach your child the importance of giving. Are we missing an organization that we should know about? Let us know by contacting us

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