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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Tips for Parents

02/01/2019 12:00:00

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Your child will soon learn firsthand just how powerful he/she can be in helping others. Through participation in the Student Series Programs, students learn leadership, the importance of helping others and just how impactful their involvement can be in helping to save lives. During the programs, students collect donations from friends and family in honor of local student survivors and current patients. In addition, many schools implement learning activities, kickoff assemblies or classroom competitions. Depending on your school's preference, there are also prizes and awards for classrooms and schools. We need your support too. Please explore the website to learn more about the LLS Student Series and what you can do to support your child's efforts.

Should you have questions, please contact your local Chapter’s Student Series representative.


10 Ways to Support Your Child during their Student Series Program

1. Talk to your child about the value of giving back.
2. Share your child's classroom, school or individual fundraising page with friends and family. See Online Giving for ideas.
3. Each day, ask your child about the program.
4. Take a coin collection jar to work
5. Ask if your child would like to write a letter to their Honored Hero.
6. Make a personal donation with a check or online gift.
7. Ask your company about matching gifts.
8. Ask your child if they have any questions about cancer.
9. Encourage your child to explore the For Students section of this Web site.
10. Tell them you're proud of them for making a difference!


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24 Fun Things to Do with Kids in Winter

01/03/2019 12:00:00

Got cabin fever? You're not alone. Being stuck indoors all winter will make anyone antsy. Instead of going stir crazy, try these fun things to do with kids in winter.

  1. Make homemade hot cocoa with marshmallows.
  2. Go sledding together. Don't forget to bundle up and bring the bike helmets for added safety!
  3. Make paper snowflakes and hang them up in unexpected places around your home.
  4. Go bowling. If your kids are young, try the duckpins for little ones.
  5. Use your phone's camera to make a slow-motion video of the snow accumulating outside your window. Then send it to family members via email to show them how deep the snow really is!
  6. Make a graph showing each day's high and low temperatures for the week. Then make predictions about next week and see who's closest to each day's actual temperature.
  7. Make ice cream using snow.
  8. Go roller skating at an indoor rink that plays your favorite music.
  9. Have a snowball fight. If your kids are different ages/sizes, set a few 'ground rules' up front.
  10. Play board games together, and be sure to introduce the kids to some of yourfavorites!
  11. Make a pine cone bird feeder using peanut butter and birdseed. Then hang it outside a window where you'll get to see the birds enjoy the treat each day.
  12. Take a guess at how much snow is on the ground. Then grab a ruler and go measure it to see how much snow you've gotten this year.
  13. Make greeting cards for residents of a local nursing home. Then take a field trip to deliver them together.
  14. Make snow angels in your yard and watch the snow fall together.
  15. Buy a kid-sized shovel and shovel the driveway or sidewalk together. If the snow is really deep, be sure to carve out a 'lighter' area for your kids to work.
  16. Visit your local library and check out books on winter themes. Then come home and take turns reading to one another. Bonus: use your phone to record one another reading and then save the recordings for bedtime stories on a night when you're extra exhausted.
  17. Draw and color a mural showing a winter scene. Then hang it up in your living room where the kids will enjoy seeing it every day, or mail it to a family member who lives in an area of the country unaccustomed to snow.
  18. Build a snow fort together. Or, if it's too cold outside, build your own super fort indoors out of blankets, pillows, and large boxes.
  19. Take a knitting class at your local craft store and make hats for each other.
  20. Fill a spray bottle with colored water and write in the snow. This is a great way for young kids to practice their letters.
  21. Bundle up and take a walk during a snowstorm.
  22. Make a snowman sun catcher and hang it in a window that catches the bright morning sun.
  23. Collect old winter coats from family members and friends. Then donate them to a local charity.
  24. Use the back side of some leftover wrapping paper to draw and color life-sized pictures of one another.
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25 Days of Christmas Activities for Kids

12/03/2018 12:00:00

Planning fun Christmas activities for your family will help you get in the holiday spirit and focus on what’s important, rather than being overwhelmed by all the shopping and cooking the season entails. During the holidays, there are so many opportunities to bond with your loved ones. You can plan a fun day ice skating, or find a meaningful volunteer opportunity. The holidays are a great time to give back and instil a sense of gratitude in your little ones.


Make an advent calendar. Your kids will be so excited to wake up to a sweet message or chocolate each morning!

Make homemade Christmas ornaments. You can stick with something simple like a pinecone with ribbon or try something more advanced like mini felt Christmas trees. For a tutorial, check out the DIY Dreamer.

Decorate your Christmas tree. Help everyone get in the holiday spirit by making sure your tree is bright and festive.

Make a Christmas wreath. Use real pine tree boughs for an extra festive scent for your entryway! StayGlam shares a roundup of DIY wreath options for every style.

Make paper snowflakes. The more family members that get involved the more different types of snowflakes you will have to hang up in your windows!

Hang up your stockings. To get everyone involved, have each family member write a sweet note so that on Christmas morning everyone has more to be thankful for than fun toys.

Decorate a gingerbread house. Be sure to prepare with lots of fun candies!


Go carolling or crafting at a local nursing home. It will bring joy to both your family and everyone at the nursing home.

Make Christmas fudge. Your kids can fill cute Christmas tins and gift them to teachers and you can bring some to neighbors and nearby friends. We love Sweet 2 Eat‘s gingerbread fudge recipe!

Donate food to a homeless shelter. You could also volunteer at a food pantry to help your kids appreciate their blessings.

Host a Christmas cookie party. Invite all of your friends and family over to share sweet treats and recipes and give any extras to your local community center. For some Christmas treat inspiration, we love this roundup from the Shari’s Berries blog

Go Christmas shopping for a local children’s hospital. All kids should have a new toy to play with on Christmas and its a great way to get your kids involved.

Donate an old coat or sweater. Over the Winter season, many charities are in need of warm clothing and toys for the less fortunate.

Participate in a 5k run or walk. Pick one that donates the proceeds to your favorite charity!


Send Christmas cards. Have everyone help write out the addresses and apply the stamps.

Write letters to Santa. Include your wish list and why you deserve to be on the nice list! Spaceships and Laser Beams has a cute printable for your little ones.

Make homemade hot chocolate. Start from scratch by melting your favorite chocolate bar for an extra indulgent treat!

Have a holiday movie. Make fancy Christmas popcorn with melted white chocolate and red and green sprinkles or mix pretzels with red and green candies.

Take photos with Santa. Make this a yearly tradition, and create a photo album of Santa photos over the years. 

Have a family game night. You may even be able to pull out some toys from last year’s Christmas!

See the nutcracker ballet. If you are unable to attend a live performance, you can watch the movie.

Check out Christmas light displays. Maybe you’ll even get some inspiration for your own front yard!

Spend the evening wrapping gifts. It can be fun to get everyone involved!

Go ice skating. Be sure to check to see if they have specific family hours.

Print the calendar and hang it on your fridge or family board so everyone can see all the exciting activities you have to look forward to through the month of December.


Take lots of photos as you spend family time together. These will be cherished memories that you will enjoy looking back on. You can also create so many fun photo gifts which are perfect for any grandparents that are unable to come for a visit.


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