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~ Start a "Lids for Kids" campaign, collecting cool new hats -- baseball caps for summer, fun knits for winter -- to donate to the pediatric cancer center at an area hospital.
~If you know of an organization that works with teen moms, ask your synagogue or school to help you throw a "baby shower": put a crib or pack-and-play in the lobby and ask people to fill it up with new baby supplies, from clothing to diapers.
~Collect gently used board games for an area agency that works with low-income youth, or even for the offices of local counselors/social workers who express a need for games (no, the iPad hasn't made them obselete; board games are still great icebreakers & relationship builders).
~Collect gently used sports equipment for the nearest Boys & Girls Club, YMCA or other agency that offers youth sports programs for kids/teens in need.
~Run a lemonade stand [ or three ;) ] for Alex's Lemonade.
~Gather friends, or host a party, to make no-sew blankets for Project Linus.
~Go green, collecting gently used plastic toys for Secondhand Toys.
~Make dreams come true by running a Make-a-Wish Kids for Wish Kids project.
~Knit newborn hats for From Ewe to You.
~Have a sleepover and collect new PJs for the Pajama Program.
~ Do like Riley Goodfellow and eat rice & beans for a month (hey, she did it at 8!), donating the grocery money you save to an organization that fights youth hunger, or to charity:water like Riley did.
~ Organize a spare change campaign to help kids.
Done with your kids-helping-kids mitzvah project? Take it a step further by choosing bar / bat mitzvah party supplies that benefit Save the Children.