It’s easy to focus on all the things we want this time of year. New electronics, clothes, toys, and more grab our attention everywhere we look. But what if we spent time giving back to our community instead of focusing on all the things we think we need? What if we opened our eyes to see how we could serve the people around us? We’ve rounded up a few organizations in Texas that your family can partner with to give back this year.

For Families in San Antonio

Family Service Association’s Adopt-a-Family program
San Antonio Food Bank 
Elf Louise Christmas Project
Toys for Tots

For Families in Austin

Generation SERVE
Austin Police Operation Blue Santa
Central Texas Food Bank
Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program

What will your family do to give back this year? Even if your kids are too young to volunteer, you can go as a family to purchase toys to donate. Explain to your kids what you are doing, and let them be active participants in picking out the toys or gifts. If they start picking out items for themselves, remind them that you are thinking of other children who might not already have toys to play with. Cultivating a giving heart can start at a young age!

Now it’s time to pick a day and show your kids what it looks like to think of others and help those in need. We are thankful to be part of a community that cares!