50 Easy Service Ideas to Help You Light The World This Christmas

50 Easy Service Ideas to Help You Light The World This Christmas

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As part of their 2016 Christmas initiative, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is encouraging the world to participate in a worldwide day of service on December 1.


Whether you are looking for a random act of kindness or a group-oriented service project, we’ve gathered 50 different service ideas perfect for any and all circumstances! Find your favorite and prepare for lighting the world on December 1 and throughout the Christmas season. Learn more about lighting the world with the Church here!

  1. Smile to people as you walk by them.
  2. Give a sincere compliment.
  3. Call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while.
  4. Go through and leave nice messages on Facebook posts.
  5. Donate a little extra to humanitarian aide on your tithing slip.
  6. Leave an encouraging note in the soup aisle at the grocery store.
  7. Go through your closets and look for things to donate.
  8. Visit a nursing home and sing Christmas carols.
  9. Offer to babysit for a couple that could use a night out.
  10. Write thank-you notes for Church leaders.
  11. Pray for peace on earth.
  12. Make a Christmas package for missionaries serving from and in your area.
  13. Leave out a basket of addressed, stamped envelopes in your ward building for the missionaries in your ward.
  14. Write your testimony in a Book of Mormon and give it as a gift.
  15. Rake leaves or shovel snow.
  16. Organize a food drive.
  17. Hold a holiday treat bake sale and donate the money to your favorite cause.
  18. Buy thick, warm socks and stuff them with packaged food. Pass them out to homeless people in your area.
  19. Bring a crockpot to work and make homemade hot chocolate for everyone.
  20. Ask your Bishop and Relief Society President if there is a family who could use your help.
  21. Do your visiting and home teaching.
  22. Pay for the meal of the car behind you at the drive-thru lane.
  23. Leave some extra quarters at the laundromat.
  24. Fast for someone in need.
  25. Donate your talents! Offer a free dance class, photoshoot, meal, or whatever you can.
  26. Leave a big tip when you eat out.
  27. Give someone a hug.
  28. Ask someone how they really are. Listen.
  29. Scrape the ice off someone’s windshield.
  30. Donate blood.
  31. Share your testimony of Christ’s birth on social media.
  32. Instead of asking for Christmas gifts, ask for charitable donations of money or goods.
  33. Adopt a soldier this Christmas.
  34. Make fleece blankets and donate them to a hospital.
  35. Invite someone who may be lonely over for dinner.
  36. Extend forgiveness to someone you has wronged you.
  37. Clean your house.
  38. Do chores without being asked.
  39. Go to a local park or community area and pick up litter.
  40. Start recycling.
  41. Help someone put up their Christmas decorations.
  42. Ding-dong-ditch treats on someone’s doorstep.
  43. Take a family name to the temple.
  44. Introduce yourself to the people in your neighborhood.
  45. Hold the door open for someone.
  46. Refrain from saying unkind words.
  47. Let your family members or friends have control over the remote.
  48. Give a glowing report of your co-workers to the boss.
  49. Support a local business with your patronage.
  50. Be kind to yourself.


READ: 50 More Service Ideas to Help You Light the World This Christmas




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