Well y’all … this week is going to be a busy one for me. What about you? Are you ready for a simple weekly service challenge?


This challenge costs nothing, and it can be done in 5 minutes. Are you in?

This week, all you have to do is to make your community a little bit cleaner.

Clean Your Community

When I take my children to the park, it’s always discouraging to me to see litter … particularly things like alcohol bottles (and, ahem, worse) on the ground where children play. So when I think of it, I bring a plastic bag with me to the park and pick up a few pieces of trash. As I do so, it creates a simple and nearly effortless teaching opportunity for my kids: we show gratitude for our community by leaving our parks a little bit cleaner than we found them.

So this week, find a local area that could use a bit of tidying up. We usually choose a park, but you could also hit up a schoolyard, a hiking trail … even an area by the side of the road that tends to collect litter. Show up with a garbage bag and gloves. Pick up a bit of trash. Throw it away. And you’re done! One of our fastest weekly service projects to date. (You’re welcome!) 🙂

If you’d like to read an inspiring story, check out Shelia from Pennies of Time. She and her boys have had a lot of success cleaning a creek in their local community – you can read their original post here, a few additional tips here, and a sweet update here. I love seeing what other people are doing to serve with their families! This cute picture warms my heart. What was, three years ago, a smelly, trash-filled creek is now healthy enough that they’re discovering wildlife. What a difference one family can make!

Where are you going to clean this week? A park? A hiking trail? A playground?

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