For seven years we have been part of a proud tradition in our community. We make cards and deliver them to the houses and business all around our school community. We mail them to agencies and businesses involved with our school community.
Students collect all kinds of goodies like stickers, glitter, paper and old Christmas cards to upcycle them into new cards. Each student makes 2-3 cards so we have about 1500 cards to deliver during the month of December. One teacher usually makes a map of our community and we sign up to deliver to a zone. On a day when it is safe to walk outside, we bundle up and deliver the cards to houses one by one (usually jingling all the way).
Cards are not signed by individual students. We use a rubber stamp with our school name on it as cards are checked (to make sure there’s no personal information) by adults. Some cards wish Merry Christmas, some say Happy Holidays or Season’s Greetings and other say Happy New Year. The notes from the kids inside are sweet and we don’t worry about what they look like or how things are spelled as long as they come from the heart.
Can’t walk in your neighbourhood? Consider making items for your local Meals on Wheels (easily found through a goggle search). This organization is always looking for little items to add to the meals near Christmas. Consider dropping off a card collection to a nearby seniors centre or legion. Call ahead to ask if this is possible and when a good time to drop off the cards would be. If you live in a city with a military base, ask if there is a way to deliver cards to veterans. We’ve even made special cards for a local fire station and police station.
While we recognize not everyone celebrates Christmas, it is hard to be annoyed by a child handing you a card to wish you well, so we don’t worry about religious differences. We are just celebrating being kind. To date we have never had a complaint.
Has your school been part of a movement like this? Let us know how you get involved with your community during the holidays in the comments below.