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September 29th, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Teaching Children to Give

Giving

As the holidays approach, it is easier to incorporate giving into your life and teach children to do the same. Here are some ways that you can give every day, all year long!

Giving comes in so many forms. It can include money, gifts, food, and service. Here are a few ideas to help your children become more charitable.

Help Neighbors

  • Rake leaves
  • Take their dog for a walk
  • Spend some time chatting with them
  • Cook them a meal or dessert

Donate Clothing or Toys

Go through items you no longer need and give to friends or family going through hardship, or drop off at a place that distributes to the needy.

Stop Collecting Birthday Gifts

Instead of actual gifts being brought to parties, ask for guests to bring items that can be donated. Include your child in picking a favorite charity.

  • Pet food – Humane Society or Rescue Mission
  • Books – Shelter or School
  • Winter Items – Shelter for Kids
  • Personal Hygiene Items
  • Non-Perishable Food Items – Food Pantry

Help The Elderly

Teach your children to help the elderly complete tasks that have become more difficult to them, whether it is yard work, window cleaning, etc.

Complete Random Acts of Kindness

This can be something as simple as putting an extra coin in a parking meter, to something like buying a meal for the person behind you in the drive thru. Teach your children to lead with a giving heart where they are always thinking of others.

Deliver a Smile

Giving doesn’t always have to be to poor or needy people. You may know of a family that just needs a smile. Surprise them with basket of goodies, a special drawing or card, or even just a hello as you pass them in the store.

Giving is easy – spread some joy around!

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December 16th, 2013 at 5:00 am

The Holiday Spirit of Giving

DSC05171This time of year is a good time to reinforce the spirt of giving with your kids. We recently watched the movie A Christmas Carol where Ebenezer Scrooge explores his past, present, and future to discover that by giving he can have a more bountiful life. There are so many ways to show your kids how much fun it is to give.

Here are some fun ways I discovered to spread holiday cheer:

Kindness Calendar 

Christmas Jar

100 Random Acts of Kindness for Christmas

Card to use for your random acts of kindness

12 days of Christmas Kindness

Some other easy ideas are to pass on some of your christmas goodies, visit a nursing home, go carolling, or have the kids give their old toys to the less fortunate. You can also reinforce the spirt of giving by giving of your time – help a friend wrap presents, run an errand for your friend, or even bring an extra meal to make someone’s evening a little easier.

Make a difference and spread some holiday cheer by giving of yourself and your families love!

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December 20th, 2011 at 5:00 am

A Gift For That Someone Who Has Everything

No pressure, but the clock is ticking. Only a few more days to prepare. Are you done with your shopping?

We’ve all probably got at least one person on our giving list who is frustratingly difficult to buy for. They just seem to have it all already and another tchotchke or gag gift just doesn’t ring genuine or particularly useful.

On the other end of the spectrum are people and organizations who need much: basics that we take for granted, assistance with necessities, medicine. What do the two of them have to do with each other? You.

Why not give that hard-to-buy-for someone a gift of charity? Make a donation to a worthy cause in their name. It’s a really special gift and is so rewarding.

Here are a few ideas:

  • At unicefusa.org you can purchase nutrition kits, mosquito nets or malaria vaccines with a small donation.
  • At justgive.org or causes.com you can search for a specific charity by name or location and give to an organization or to specific cause or project. Or you can buy a charity gift card and let the receiver choose who to give to.
  • If you want to support your local teachers, try donorschoose.org and find specific classroom projects that you can help fund in your own or a loved one’s town.
  • Buy a goat or a chicken or even honeybees at heifer.org
  • Sponsor a microloan at kiva.org and give a potential small business a leg up.

These sites make it very easy to make a donation in your name or someone else’s. Using the search options , you can pinpoint the exact cause that is most meaningful to your giftee.

While there are many global charities that do wonderful work around the world, you might also consider local charities where there results of your giving are more visible to you. Your own town likely has plenty of worthy organizations. Senior Centers, food delivery programs such as Meals on Wheels, local education foundations that provide much needed school programs, homeless shelters, food banks, and pet rescue groups are just a few types of organizations that rely on donations to provide their services. And in this challenging economy, many of them are seeing a downturn in donations while the number of people relying on their services is increasing. Donating locally is good for your community.

As we all know, it is better to give than receive. So why not give and give back at the same time?

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa to you and yours. May you give and receive many blessings.

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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