Sunday, February 07, 2010

Give a Day, Get a Day



With the kids on a year round school schedule and with all the new changes at Ronny's office, trying to plan a family vacation this summer quickly became difficult. After checking all the calendars and deciding what conferences Ronny should attend we decided to take a few short trips as a family this year. Once that was decided, Ronny and I began throwing out ideas on what to do. We had talked a few times about taking the kids back to Disneyland now that Ben is old enough to ride on things so we decided that was going to be our first adventure.

I'm sure many of you have heard of Disney's new ad campaign of give a day of service and get a day at the park. We thought it would be great for the kids to "earn" one of their tickets so I looked into it. With us wanting to go this month and trying to find something we could all do together made matching us to one of their sponsored service events a little difficult. First off we found that Ben was too young to participate so that would change things up too. Then a friend pointed us in the direction of a hospital in Illinois looking for people to create "Get Well" cards for their patients. I quickly signed us up for that and we were "matched" by the website. They asked for people to make 10 cards each or 25 per family. We didn't think 25 was enough to earn tickets for our whole family so we decided to make a few more.

We quickly found out that making cards ourselves was no big deal but helping the kids took a significant amount of time which is why they ask for only 25 per family. In the end Ronny and I made 10 or 11 and the kids each made 5. This gave us a total of 36 which took us about 4 hours. We really had so much fun making these together and the kids did a great job. We loved that the kids earned their tickets by serving others and the teaching moments this brought along the way.

8 comments:

Sants said...

What a great idea!

Kirbell said...

Woot! Can't wait to see you guys!

Jennifer said...

What a fun idea! And your cards turned out great.

Stacey said...

Your cards look great! Have fun at Disneyland for me!

LizzyP said...

That's so awesome! What a great deal!

Sarah said...

Denise,

How did you find the one doing cards? That sounds perfect for our family. Is that one available in California?

Thanks for the info,
Sarah

Foster said...

What a great idea! If you could let us know how to find the card making volunteer opportunity too, that would be great.
THanks,
Lindsay

Lola said...

brilliant idea. i forgot they were doing that, i am totally going to look into it. ALSO, does that mean you're coming our way? krista and i would LOVE to see you guys if you have any time. let us know!