The #familyservicechallenge was initiated in an endeavor to turn our focus outward, to inspire others to leave the world better than they found it. This includes an effort to SEE what is happening around us. To touch the lives of others through simple acts of kindness and to take responsibility for the world in which we live. We believe that through small and simples acts of service, great things can be accomplished. 

– Mykee Saunders, Owner/Founder Travelingwithmonkeys.com


Here at Traveling With Monkeys, it is an integral part of our company mission to promote service.  We’ve discovered that some of the most powerful, memorable acts of service occur when we travel.  In a foreign place we are vulnerable and open to both giving and accepting help.

During this holiday season, we invite your family to commit to the #familyservicechallenge by performing:

One act of service a day from Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve.

Remember: an act of service can be big or small — from opening a door to visiting the elderly, from shoveling snow to sending letters to soldiers abroad.

We ask that everyone who participates in this movement share videos and photos on social media as much as possible to inspire others to serve.

Please contact us if you have any questions or comments.


1. Formally accept the challenge through video via Facebook or Instagram and tag 5 other families to participate. 2. Post the video and tag the families in the comments using the following hashtags: #famileyservicechallenge and #bethegood. 3. Every day, from Thanksgiving (or within 48 hours of being tagged) until Christmas Eve, do something kind for someone else as a family. Remember, it can be small or large—all types of service can help others! 4. Post to a social media platform (Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook) as often as you can, everyday if possible and use #familyservicechallenge and #bethegood hashtags. 5. If you want to participate but haven't been tagged, tag yourself. 6. If you can't accept the challenge, then donate to one of the charities listed below and tag 5 families to participate (See Step 2).

TWM Recommended Charities

If you are unable to participate directly in the challenge, please consider donating to one of these charities.

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One Heart Bulgaria: Thousands of children in the overcrowded and under-funded orphanages of Bulgaria are currently suffering from lack of attention, basic amenities, nutritious food and a hope for their future. One Heart Bulgaria’sgoals are to provide for immediate, critical needs and build an infrastructure that will ensure long-term social, emotional, and physical health for the children it serves. The results of OHB’s efforts will be children and young adults who have the opportunity to develop and reach their potential in a healthy and supportive environment, enabling them to become happy and successful members of Bulgarian society.

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Operation Underground Railroad: Operation Underground Railroad has gathered the world’s experts in extraction operations and in anti-child trafficking efforts to bring an end to child slavery. O.U.R.’s Underground Jump Team consists of former CIA, Navy SEALs, and Special Ops operatives that lead coordinated identification and extraction efforts. These operations are always in conjunction with law enforcement throughout the world.

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Big Brothers, Big SistersFor more than a century, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has provided children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.


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Operation SmileOperation Smile is an international medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities. It is one of the oldest and largest volunteer-based organizations dedicated to improving the health and lives of children worldwide through access to surgical care.

Traveling With Kids: Stories of Service

Image of a mother and daughter holding a heart on an old blue table. TWM logo and #familyservicechallenge.


Growing up I was taught to always leave a place better than you found it.

When camping my dad wouldn’t let us pack up and leave until we had scoured the surrounding area and picked up all the trash, even if it wasn’t ours. When playing with friends we made sure to clean up any messes we’d made before getting to go home. . .

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160 Small Acts of Kindness to Do With Your Family

When I think of service, I tend to think of things on a larger scale. For instance, my dad and sister traveled to the Dominican Republic to build a school, one of my Facebook friends loaded up a van full of goods to take to hurricane victims, and the mayor of my town donated a year’s salary to help fund the library. . .

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The Importance of Reaching Out

Gratitude and charity are two main components of a happy heart. However, these days it seems like those traits are not valued, or even taught, enough. With entitlement running rampant in today’s youth, I decided to take action with my own children. . .

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Snow Globe Moments | Reflections on Family Service & Travel

Our family recently road tripped it to San Diego. We went the week following Thanksgiving, which meant we were traveling during the first week of the #familyservicechallenge. While service is not usually at the forefront of most people’s minds before and during a vacation, it can be one of the most powerful ways for families. . .

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For more opportunities to serve, visit Justserve.org.