“Many small people, in many small places, do many small things that can alter the face of the world.” ~ Anonymous
To help others in need is a responsibility that most people recognize. To fulfil this need, you need planning.
You can always buy yourself yet another pair of shoe or the latest dress in fashion, but if you pause awhile and think, maybe you do not need it and can put that money to better use.
Did you ever think of donating this money to the homeless?
Did you ever think that this money could pay for school tuition for kids who cannot afford it?
I bet you did!
Most of us want to help society in some way, but how many of us actually plan about it?
Adults know that the best way to make sure they save for giving is to set aside a part of their paycheck when they get it.
You can teach your children to do the same.
Remember it is never too early for your kids to start saving to give. Putting aside a part of their allowance or earnings each time they “earn it” is the best way to kickstart the giving habit.
If your child gets a $10 allowance, and sets aside $1 each week, he/she will have a $52 gift at the end of a year for a great cause.
A Child Who Gives Lovingly
Talk to your children about giving. They may want to contribute themselves to a cause that interests them. Alternatively, they could make a family donation by adding their money to your existing contribution.
If your child thinks that he/she has not saved enough to give or would like to contribute to multiple causes, there are other ways to help as well. You can encourage them to give their time and energy to a cause if they are old enough or even use it to raise money for giving.
- Put up bake sales, or put on a play and charge an admission fee. Then give the money that they have collected to a good cause.
- Take part in a “Marathon” or “run” that is raising money.
- Get together with other kids and make “crafts” that can sell at school, your place of worship, or local fairs.
- Volunteer time at a hospital or an Elder care home.
- Help organize a toy or food drive at school or in the neighborhood.
- Get the school singing group together to perform at homes for the elderly or disabled.
- Tutor kids who need help in a subject that your child is good at.
- Donate clothes or toys that they have outgrown or not worn in ages but are in good condition.
Teaching our kids the art of planning in order to give and contribute to the society is a key lesson.
Winston Churchill famously said – “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
How do you encourage your child to give?
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