Service Can Be Entertaining

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This week's Season of Service challenge involves serving others through entertaining. Engage people and get to know them with food, drink, and maybe a little chocolate, since February is National Chocolate Lovers' Month.

10 Tips to Serve by Entertaining

  1. Put on a 5- or 10-minute puppet show for your kids, then let them entertain you with one of their own. Use a store-bought puppet or check out these ideas for some simple ones.
  2. Surprise your husband with a box of chocolates on a day others than Valentines' Day.
  3. Host a book club/if-you-read-this-book-you-can-have-a-party for one or more of your children. You choose the book.
  4. Host a neighborhood get-to-know-you potluck party with one or two other friends. You provide the place, your friends prepare and deliver the invitations, and the guests bring the food. Spice it up by providing a $20 gift card to a local store as a reward for best recipe, as voted on by attendees.
  5. Grab a few friends and throw an entertaining book club night. Many city libraries provided book club kits, complete with several book copies, questions, author biographies, etc.
  6. Invite an older couple or person over for dinner to get to know them. Leave a comment below if you're not sure what to talk about, and I'll give you some ideas.
  7. Donate a night out to the symphony, the ballet, a play, or a game. If you have season tickets to one of these kinds of venues, and won't be able to use one of the events, give your tickets to or These organizations distribute them to their network of nonprofits who serve at-risk children.
  8. Host a neighborhood garage sale with the proceeds going to the USO. Clean out your closets to help entertain our troops.
  9. If you have a special talent, like sewing doll clothes, donate a piece to a nonprofit of your choice to be auctioned off at their annual charity gala.
  10. Donate $20 to your local nonprofit theater or arts organization.

How Will You Give to Others This Week?

  • What other ideas do you have for giving to others by going green?
  • How has going green made a meaningful difference for you this week?
  • How have others given to you this week and what difference has that made in your life?

How Else Can You Make a Difference This Season?

Make a meaningful difference this season by taking the Season of Service (SOS) Challenge. Here's how you can participate:

  • Commit to do one act of kindness/service based on the week's challenge.
  • Leave a comment with ideas relating to the week's challenge as well as your experience(s) performing it.
  • Enter to win each week's giveaway. Check out this week's prizes from Godiva by clicking here.
  • Join #gno this Tuesday on Twitter to connect with other Mom It Forward moms about the challenge.

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