Now that summer is wrapping up, it is time to sit back and reflect on all of the fun that we had as a family. Trips to theme parks, local parks and to the beach were all a blast! By reflecting, we also put into perspective all of the opportunities that we had as a family to make a difference. I was raised to do to others as you would have them do to you and Aidan is going to be raised the same way. While we had a great time this summer, I realize that there were many missed opportunities to make a difference. It is never too late to do a good deed for others or for your community, so I’ve compiled a list of great ways to make a natural difference that we can begin implementing as a family.
10 Ways To Make A Natural Difference In Your Community
- Clean up a park or vacant lot
- Organize a campaign to raise money for playground equipment
- Plant flowers at a school or nursing home
- Start and plant a neighborhood garden
- Carpool to school or work
- Volunteer for the local Habitat for Humanity
- Clean up litter around a local lake or river
- Volunteer at your local animal shelter
- Contact your local volunteer center for other opportunities to serve others
Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter has partnered with the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) to Make A Natural Difference. Their joint effort encourages readers to get active and visit their own communities and parks. Doing good for others not only feels good, it is also contagious. Once your friends and family see the difference you are making and your improved attitude, they will want to join in as well. Seeing the joy that your actions bring to others is the ultimate reward for any good act. When you get home, celebrate your good deeds by having a delicious treat waiting for you! One of our favorite snacks with peanut butter is the delicious recipe for Apple Cookies. It will give you the perfect protein boost that you will need after completing all of your acts of kindness!
After you finish your Apple Cookie snack, enter the Make A #NaturalDifference contest below. One lucky reader will will $100 Shutterfly Gift Card and Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter products and stirrer, valued at $125!
How will you make a difference in your community?