Thursday, November 11, 2010
Thankful Thursday: Charity Begins at Home
Last week my girls came home with a paper sack and were asked to add either a can of soup, a jar of peanut butter, or a jar of jelly to give to the needy. Rather than grabbing something myself out of the cabinet, I let the girls pick what they wanted to donate. Surprisingly, they choose to give away their own favorite foods. (Now, come on moms, if it'd been you, you'd have grabbed that can of soup that no one's touched in a year, right?) And as we carried the bags in on Monday morning, my five year old asked if the food was for the people whose houses fell down.
She was remembering how we brought in donations for the victims in Haiti. Amazing! They do remember giving -- start your kids young and you'll make a life-long impression on them about the importance of sharing your blessings, no matter how small the contribution.
If you need some ideas, here are some suggestions for getting your kids involved in the spirit of giving and thankfulness:
* pick a gift from a giving tree and let your child select the presents to give (within reason, of course)
* let your kids select food to give to a local food drive
* sign up for wegivebooks.org and read to your kids online. For every book you read, a book is donated to charity. It's a free way for you to contribute. How cool is that?
* gets your kids involved in our Give Thanks, Give Books contest. Let them pick out some books from their collection that they don't read anymore and want to give to less fortunate children. I assure you that are many LOCAL charities out there who will gladly accept your gently used books. Think homeless shelters, family shelters for abuse victims, boys or girls homes, children's hospitals, your local Guardian ad Litem program. As long as you commit to donating a book or books (up to 10), you can enter our contest to win books or tunes yourself.
(And please, tweet about our book drive with the hashtag #givebooks !)
Any other ideas for sharing your blessings this November and teaching your children the value of giving back?