5 Projects That Benefit the Children in Your Community

Now’s the perfect time to decide how you’ll be celebrating Good Deeds Day

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Good Deeds Day is right around the corner, and now’s the perfect time to decide how you’ll be participating. If you want to take part in this global day of doing good by doing  and helping others, you can do something good for the youth in your community.

Ready to make a difference? Registration for Good Deeds Day is now open! Let us know what you’ll be doing to make the world a better place on April 11, 2021.

Book and toy drive

Put up a stand or a box in a public area where you’ll be collecting donations. Promote your event by posting online, putting up signs, and letting everyone in your community know that you’ll be collecting books and toys for donation. Donate what you collect to a school, community center, or children’s hospital of your choice. Make sure that you have a supply of hand sanitizer and antiviral wipes on hand.

Toy donation box.

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Activities for children

Choose a school or community center in your area where you can work with a group of children. Reach out to the school to decide your activity together with staff members who know the children best and understand what activities they would enjoy. Visit the group, virtually if necessary, in the chosen time slot and do a fun activity together – ideas include musical activity, theater, Storytime – the sky’s the limit!

Preschool musical activity.

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Community center renovations

Unfortunately, a lot of community centers are in bad shape nowadays, and could really use some renovations. This is where you come in! Together with a few friends, you can make a true difference in your community by renovating the centers. Even just a fresh coat of paint or cleaning up the playground  can make a place nicer to visit and more positive for the childrens’ activities taking place in.

Volunteers sprucing up a playground.

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Pop up library

Build a pop-up library and invite your community to donate and take books. Find a neighborhood that does not have a library, yet has a facility or free space that can be turned into a library. If the place needs an overhaul – painting, fixing, cleaning, and/or equipment – ask for donated materials and recruit volunteers to help. Arrange for storage space for collected books and build a pop-up library! Encourage community members to donate used books. Keep a good supply of hand sanitizer and antiviral wipes at the site.

Mother reading to child.

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School garden

You can  start a community garden with different flowers and vegetables indoors or outside on school grounds. Teach the children how to tend to each of the plants in person or by Zoom. Divide the responsibility of taking care of the garden throughout the year between classes, groups, or individuals. That way the children and the school staff will have beautiful crops to enjoy throughout the year!

Child watering school garden.

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Good Deeds Day, an annual global day of doing good, is the pinnacle of doing good year-round. Initiated in 2007 by business woman and philanthropist Shari Arison, Good Deeds Day has grown to 108 countries with millions of participants.  Good Deeds Day 2021 is on April 11.