I feel like my kids don’t know how good they have it.
Do you ever feel the same?
They get enough to eat, have clothes, toys, and books. So how can I create a way for them to understand . . .
–>that it’s our joy & responsibility to give to others.
–>to be thankful, yes for our creature comforts, but also, and more importantly, for everything that is intangible, like love and friendship.
Help Your Children Give To Others
Today let’s talk about the first one though: giving to others. I asked you all on Facebook what your favorite family charities and wow, did you have so many! You are way ahead of me on the giving curve. I’m in awe and honored to learn from you.
Bloggers, Amanda of Not Just Cute, Allison of No Time for Flashcards, and Amy of TeachMama, are organizing kids giving and making a difference with #blog4cause. They suggest three steps in giving with your family. I’m adapting and adding to their ideas. If you suggested something on Facebook, thank you! I’ve written your name in parenthesis to give you the credit.
1. Choose a cause that is meaningful to your family. Donate your time, money, or things.
Older neighbors – ask if you can rake, shovel, do errands for them
Shelters – ask what they need – like The Gathering Place, Denver (Selina Sinclair)
Hospitals – donate books for the waiting rooms
Salvation Army (Keera Peace, Kari Svenneby)
Thanksgiving meal programs
Other local programs such as HOPE Center in Lenawee County (Lisa Millyard), Catching Joy (Joy Suprenaut), or Project ReCycle in Colorado (Lisa Scheer)
Ronald McDonald House (Bev Rogers)
Make a Wish Foundation
St. Judes (Kim Moring & Lisa Yunt)
Children’s Aid (Mel Blake)
National Lung Cancer Partnership (Tanya Farmer)
CASA 2nd Judicial District (Angelena Van Don)
Animal Rescues (Mike Muller)
Aubrey Rose Foundation (Priscilla Craddock)
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention & Autism Speaks (Fran Van Fossen
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Leslie DeJarnett)
Feeding America (Mike Hicks)
Project Night Night (Aline Anders)
Special Olympics (Terri Thompson)
Arthritis Walk (Kathleen Veronica)
Reading Is Fundamental
Operation Christmas Child
Heifer International (Pamela Firlik-McGill)
Compassion International (Crystal Way)
International Justice Mission (Monica Pentony)
Polar Bears International (Melynda Coble Harrison
& more charity ideas in this resource document on Teach Mama.
2. Make a plan for how you want to help and get started.
3. Inspire others.
Tweet with the hashtag #blog4cause.
Send emails inviting friends to join you.
Ask your classmates or school to help.
Right now you can give a book if you LIKE this Facebook promotion page: Capital One’s Book by Book Facebook page. Capital One will then donate a book to children in need. (Through November 15,2012.)
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As for us, we’re going to talk about this with our kids. We require give part of every dollar they get from gifts of allowance. (Save, Spend, Give) In years past, my kids have given to our church and to an orphanage in India and one in Africa. This year we’re not at a church and I really want to do something local. I’ll give you an update when we decide.
What about your family? Any other favorite charities?
How will you (or do you) encourage your children to give to others?