Tis the season for giving and every parent can to attest to the importance of instilling this in our children.
Check out some ideas I found on different ways to teach charity to our kids.
1. Donate Clothes – so easy, we all do it! We just let the kids know why it’s done.
2. Help Neighbours – our kids love this. During tax season, I have a few clients that are in nursing homes and are older than 80. I offer to pick up and drop off their taxes free of charge and I almost always find the time when I have some kids. They love the trip and the seniors love the kids and the extra service.
3. Give Blood – It’s been awhile since we have done this, better put that on my “to do” list. We try to bring a couple kids along for this trip, but it’s tough with impatient nurses and excited kids! Maybe they need some volunteers to entertain the kids for a bit, wonder if that would increase their donations.
4. Make Birthday’s Charitable – Lauren had a little buddy that did this. She asked for donations to the food bank instead of gifts!
5. Donate to the pets – Humane Society is always looking for donations and it gives the kids some time to mingle with the inhabitants for a bit
6. Food Bank – Of course, we do this so often with the school but it’s important. Interesting fact, the Food Bank takes opened bags of pet food, found this out just after I found out that Mila has food allergies :D
7. Change for Difference – This is fun, create a little change jar to collect spare change. Use that change to buy something for someone else!
8. Community pitch in – This is just as easy as picking up garbage at the park with the kids – with a goal in mind.
9. Pick your favorite charity and get the kids involved in making a change – We pick the MS Society because my brother was diagnosed a ways back. A personal connection makes it so sentimental and worth-while. We have done a walk in Barrie every year for 4 years now. The kids love it.