doing good: mom and daughter style

Written by Amy L. Sullivan

SERVE Editor Word lover. Book devourer. Music addict. Amy is a Northern girl who found herself living in the South. She drinks sweet tea, turns her nose up at okra, and attempts to tell her daughters "yella" isn't a color.

February 21, 2013

Nine rowdy tweens + six competitive moms + seven, local service challenges = an immense amount of fun.

To celebrate the end of our mom and daughter Bible study, a group of moms decided we wanted to do good in our community, but we wanted the type of good that isn’t scheduled with a volunteer organization.

We divided up into three teams and raced to see which group could be the first to complete all seven challenges.

Stop 1: Pick up trash at a local park and fly down the slides together. Moms included.

Stop 2: Leave dollar bills hidden around the Dollar Tree.

dollar store, do good

Stop 3: Write chalk messages of love around town.

Stop 4: Buy a nonperishable meal to donate later.

Stop 5: Write a sincere note of thanks to someone important.

letters, do good

Stop 6: Fill the washers at the local laundromat with quarters.

laundry, do good

Stop 7: Found out more about a local place to donate clothes and furniture.

What’s your favorite way to spread good locally? Oh, and how excited would you be to find dollar bills hidden around the Dollar Store?

20 Comments

  1. Patricia W Hunter

    What a fun and wonderful thing to do, Amy! It’s awesome that y’all are demonstrating the joy of giving by doing this with your daughters.

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    • Amy L. Sullivan

      Patricia,
      Thank you! You know, I’m not even sure what part was more fun…being silly with the girls or searching out natural ways to serve in our own town.

      Reply
  2. HopeUnbroken

    i cannot even tell you how much i like this idea. wheels a spinnin’. . . . . and i would be VERY excited to find dollar bills–but then i would wonder if they were REALLY for me. know what i mean??? 🙂
    steph

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    • Amy L. Sullivan

      Let those wheels spin, girl. This is a perfect activity especially for those who don’t live in a bigger city or have many opportunities to volunteer with organizations.

      And I do know what you mean about the dollar bills! I so wish I could have seen what people did with them.

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  3. Lisa Van Engen

    This is a wonderful idea. What a great example to your daughters too.

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  4. lhamer

    This sounds like so much fun! I just had a group of church girls participate in that moreloveletters.com thing. They had so much fun, and felt so sneaky hiding them around town.

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    • Amy L. Sullivan

      Yes, oh the moreloveletters.com is a fabulous idea! I love that you rallied the girls from your church to pariticpate!

      Reply
  5. Kendal Privette

    holy cow i love this! i want to be like you when i grow up – i’ve said this before, right?

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  6. Heather Windeler

    Ah! We do this kind of stuff with our teens! I love the idea of doing this with parents or families! I never thought of the leaving dollar bills at the dollar tree! These are great and I will be adding them to our list!
    We also made gift bags and took them to the police, fire stations, and military. We also challenged them to sing a song to cheer someone up and bless people in under appreciated jobs (garbage men, janitors, people dressed in costumes for advertising) with gift bags, songs, or notes of thanks. I want to do this with adults included now!!! Love!

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    • Amy L. Sullivan

      Now the singing…that’s one I need to add for next time.

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  7. Clipping Path

    Its a precious relationship between a mother and a daughter.

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    • Amy L. Sullivan

      Clipping Path,
      Thanks for reading, and yes, it is. I love that I’m learning that again and again through every stage.

      Reply
  8. Lori McClure

    Love this. The possibilities are endless really for all the good that can be done together, and you’ve definitely got my wheels turning 🙂

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    • Amy L. Sullivan

      Lori,
      I know, right? Even for people who live in far away places or small towns. It’s a great way to get involved with what you have right in your community.

      Reply
  9. Buckeye Nation

    Building memories of giving. Wonderful idea.

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    • Amy L. Sullivan

      Thanks for stopping by. I’m always talking to my husband about building memories. These are the times our kids will remember.

      Reply

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