1. Host a Christmas social
Hosting a social promotes community, energizes friendships, and boosts morale! Making time to celebrate the fruits of your labors and to enjoy the company of your group and your community.
- Choose a date, time, and location for your social event.
- Invite your group, your friends, family, and members of the community who have been involved with your group throughout the year.
- Assign members to handle food and decoration preparation, set up, and post-event clean up.
- Create displays of your group’s work throughout the year. Get creative! Use pictures, videos, and quotes. Highlight your accomplishments- such as goals met, most successful event, or funds raised.
- Have handouts to give to guests to highlight the year’s successes as well as to present future goals.
- Goody bags or door prizes are always a fun surprise for guests! Put together a goodie bag of pro-life materials or handout t-shirts to the early bird guests.
- Enjoy. Relax. Have fun! You earned it.
2. Organize a Christmas community baby shower .
The holiday season brings about great enthusiasm for giving to others. Take advantage of this time to ask your community to share with local mothers and families.
- Contact your local PRC to find out what items are needed.
- Contact a local store (e.g. Walmart, Target) and ask for permission to host your drive outside their store.
- After receiving permission, make signs to show people what you need, why you are holding, and who the donations are going to. You may also make lists to hand out to customers before they enter the store.
- On the day of the event, bring a table, boxes for material donations, and jars for monetary donations.
- Make sure that you have at least 2 volunteers signed up for time slots so that the table and donations is never left without a group representative.
- For more tips and instructions, go to http://pregnantoncampus.studentsforlife.org/national-community-baby-shower-day/.
3. Go Christmas caroling!
December is the perfect time to spread some Christmas cheer to local moms! Bring your musical talents to your local PRC, maternity home, or the maternity ward of your local hospital. It’s easy, and it is fun for both you and your audience.
- Contact your local PRC, a maternity home, or even your local hospital and request a time to sing some holiday tunes to residents and patients.
- Organize a group of willing and enthusiastic carolers.
- Get together prior to the event to decide on a song list and to practice as a group.
- Prepare enough songs to last for the duration of the event. Also, prepare some extra songs just in case wowed audience wants an encore!
- Pick one or two members who would be willing to lead the group. This will help prevent confusion and musical train wrecks.
- Warm up those vocal chords, and go sing! Invite your audience to sing with you, and always (always) smile!
4. Make Christmas cards
Christmas cards are a great way to reach out to local moms, pregnant students, or new moms at your local hospital. This activity is so simple to organize, and it can bring so much joy for moms who need your love and support.
- Advertise a time, place, and location for people to get together and write simple holiday greetings for local moms.
- In addition, you may choose to place boxes around campus for students to drop letters in. (If this is done, you will want to review the submitted to letters to make sure that these letters are appropriate.)
- You can ask volunteers to bring their own materials. However, you must also be prepared to supply cards, pens, crafting materials, and so forth.
- You may choose to purchase card stock and art materials to uniquely design each card. You could also buy several sets of holiday cards and then ask each volunteer to hand write a personal message.
- If you have the names of your card recipients, be sure to address those cards to each person.
- For delivering the cards, your group may mail them or drop them off at the location. However, if you have the time, you can have members personally deliver each letter!
5. Set up a Christmas “Giving Tree”
The Christmas spirit is all about giving to others and reaching out to those in need. Why not set up a Giving Tree to collect donations for a local family or a PRC?
- Ask for permission to set up a small Christmas tree (fake or real) in a popular, indoor location on campus.
- After receiving permission, contact your local PRC to find out what items are needed most.
- Create ornaments that specify each item. These ornaments can be simple paper or cardboard tags with the name of an item.
- Set up the tree with the ornaments with a display or poster next to it describing the drive.
- Assign group members to take turns standing near the Christmas Giving Tree. Members can explain the project, and they can also ensure that donations are being returned to the right location.
- People who wish to donate will take an ornament and return with the item named on it.
- For a festive touch, make your donation boxes look like Christmas boxes! This extra effort may attract more people to your event, and it embraces the holiday spirit.
- This project can also be incorporated as a creative way to attract people to your community baby shower!
6. Create a Pro-Life Nativity scene.
Are you on a Christian campus? Celebrate the birth of Christ and the pro-life message! This display incorporates both religion and the pro-life message, and it is sure to gain attention.
- Choose a date and time for your Nativity scene.
- Request permission to create this display on a public, busy location on campus.
- Reserve a large Nativity scene, or purchase one for your group. Family, members of the community, or local churches may be able to donate one for the duration of the project.
- Make sure that you have access to power outlets, extension cables, and so forth if your scene will require additional lighting and electricity.
- Sign people up to be stand with the display to pass out literature and to prevent vandalism.
- To attract more attention to your display, ask a volunteer or a group to sing Christmas carols. You can also hold a vigil with candles as the night gets darker.
- For more tips on organizing a Pro-Life Nativity, go to http://www.studentsforlife.org/resources/organize-an-event/prolifenativity/.
What do you think of this month’s events? How did your events go?