-by Mary May Larmoyeux– Have you ever wondered how you could help kids think about others in this "all about me world"? With recent national disasters, the needs around us are endless. There are so many opportunities to help.
Sharon Bubbe writes a monthly e-newsletter called Grandparents for Social Action and in it she suggested having a family philanthropy club meeting three or four times a year. What a great idea! We could do this with our children or grandchildren, over the phone or in person.
Her idea is similar to another I heard about. A couple enlists their children's help in choosing which charitable organizations to contribute funds to. They sit down as a family, research the work of various charities, and then decided together which ones they will support.
Of course, older kids or grandkids could research organizations they want to give to. One of our granddaughters gave part of her birthday money to help people have clean water and another wants to help the Smile Train. Two little girls down the street had a lemonade stand and gave the proceeds to the local food bank. And some children I know raised money to help poor children in the Dominican Republic by giving to Kids' Alive International.
13 Ways kids can help those in need
When I think of helping others I am reminded of Proverbs 19:16, "He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done." And Philippians 2:4 says, "Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others."
Yes, the recent hurricane in Texas has caused much heartache and devastation, but it has also shown the love, compassion, and faith of this nation. And it has opened up many ways we can teach our children and grandchldren to think of others. Here are 13 ways kids can help:
- Many churches and communities collect supplies for victims of a national disaster (such as Hurricane Harvey). Take the kids with you when you purchase what your family will contribute. Then go together to the church/organization that will ship them to the needed location.
- Brainstorm as a family how you can contribute needed funds. Kids could give their allowances, do extra chores, give money from babysitting or a neighborhood lemonade stand.
- Pray as a family for those in need.
- If a local business is collecting funds for a charity, give the kids some money to drop in the collection jar.
- Along with your kids or grandkids, serve in a soup kitchen.
- Go with them to clean an elderly person's home.
- Encourage the kids to cut a senior citizen's lawn.
- Visit a nursing home together.
- Sort clothes together at a clothing closet for needy families.
- Prepare a meal together for someone who is not well.
- Go on a mission trip of your church or synagogue and bring an older child with you.
- Save change in a jar and when it is full, as a family, give it to a certain charity.
- Provide babysitting for a single mom …
In this world of "it's all about me," how do you help kids help others?
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