Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Allowing your children to give

Do you allow your children to give?

When there is a canned food drive at school or locally in your community? A clothing drive for the homeless or donating blankets during the winter. Do you go through your old clothing and offer it on Freecycle?

My children look for ways to give back in the community because they see me do it. They enjoy being able to recycle a toy to a child who may not have one. Or donate food, not only through our community outreach, but through other food drives in the area.

By allowing your child to give of themselves or gently used toys to those who do not have much, you are allowing them the opportunity to shine in their own way.

During the holidays we "adopted" 2 boys from my sons school. These boys families were not able to provide gifts under the tree due to their financial situation. Once I explained (the best I could to a 9 and 6 yo), I allowed them to choose the items these boys would receive. They were a little upset they could not provide the gifts in person, but were happy they could help.
At their request, we added a gift card for the grocery store. The boys wanted to make sure the family would have Christmas dinner as well.

By sharing your generous nature with your children, they in turn want to help others.

While sometimes our lives get busy and take unexpected turns [some up, many down], there are always those less fortunate and, Heaven forbid, one day, we are on that downward turn, I will know that the good nature and generosity of others, and their children, would help us.
“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”
John Wesley

As a contributor on  Living on Love and Cents in the Helping Others Section, Tara F brings ideas for Giving on a budget.. You can find out more about Tara and her ramblings at 

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