Seasonal Ideas


  • Instead of a typical costume party, host a cultural night.
  • Instead of trick-or-treating for candy, ask for canned goods and then donate them to a local shelter.
  • When you go trick-or-treating, use it as an opportunity to spread the child advocacy message. At each house you visit, hand out Compassion advocacy materials to help educate people about children in poverty.
  • Dress up as your favorite famous poverty activist (Bono, Mother Teresa, Bill Gates, etc.). Learn about his or her individual cause, and when people ask who you dressed up to be, take the opportunity to tell them about the needs of children in poverty.


  • Bless a struggling family by inviting them over for Thanksgiving dinner or taking dinner to them.
  • As a family, make a list of things to be grateful for. Over Thanksgiving dinner, discuss things that you often take for granted. This list might include items and resources that many impoverished children have to do without like electricity, food, health care, clothing and an education.
  • Learn about native foods in the country your sponsored child lives in and incorporate them into your Thanksgiving meal.


  • Give a Christmas tree, decorations, gifts and food to a poor family.
  • Go caroling in a poor neighborhood or in a shelter.
  • Donate coats, gloves and scarves to a local shelter. When you drop these items off, take hot chocolate and hot apple cider to share with residents.
  • Make Christmas ornaments to send to your sponsored child.
  • Have a Christmas cultural night. Research holiday traditions held by your sponsored child's country or other countries where we work.