Teaching kids about giving is an important lesson. Today I’m sharing some great ways to get started. Thanks to Harvesters for partnering with me for this post!
Sometimes it can be a bit difficult to introduce our kids to giving back and donating. There are so many issues in our world that it can become overwhelming and we don’t want to frighten our kids. However, if we want them to become adults that give, we need to help them be children that give.
They need to know that even at a young age and without a lot of money they can be helpful. They have the power to help others in need! I’ve found the easiest way to get my kids active and thinking of others is simple:
Pick a charity they can understand and easily participate in. For this, a great charity choice is one that involves feeding the hungry. This is a concept we can easily explain to kids – that sometimes there are people that don’t have enough food. They can begin to empathize with the feeling of being hungry, and understand that we should help those feeling that way.
Harvesters and Feeding America has a lot of great ways to donate. For kids, here are two fantastic ideas.
1. You can find a local grocery store with bins for food donations. You can make a special shopping trip just for things they can pick out for other kids. I think it’s important to make this trip separate from your everyday shopping so they are focused on choosing things not for themselves, but for others.
When you’re done, just drop the bag in the bin.
2. Package food. If your kids are over the age of eight, you can actually visit a Harvesters facility and donate your time. I love this because it shows children a solid example of people working hard to help others that may be less fortunate. What an amazing role model for our kids!
You can also volunteer to package BackSnacks, which is a program that provides a weekly backpack filled with nutritious, child-friendly food for schoolchildren to take home over the weekend.
Whichever option you choose will be setting a great foundation for our kids to grow up and be someone that is caring and giving!
To find out specific information on how you can help in your hometown, head to FeedingAmerica.org
Liz is a just a mom trying to keep it real about how little she sleeps, how often she gets puked on and how much she loves them. You can find her here every day writing about real-mom moments.