Service projects are a type of almsgiving during Lent. One popular project with teens and younger children is yardwork for the elderly. There might be some leaves left from the fall. Or fallen branches from winter storms. Or just some spring cleanup needed. An elderly neighbor will appreciate any help you can give.
We did yardwork for the elderly yesterday with our youth group. We work with a senior ministry in our neighborhood. They contact the senior citizens who need help and we provide the teen labor. We typically go to five or six houses in one afternoon.
We have been doing this project for several years now. I think our elderly neighbors enjoy the company as much as they do getting their leaves raked. One of my favorite memories is of standing on the front porch with one of the ladies. She said “It just makes me so happy to watch all of the young people in our yard.”
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