Last week I talked about introducing your kids to giving over the holiday season. Today, I wanted to share with you five charities that are a perfect place to start.
I like these particular charities because they are causes that kids can easily relate to and gives them very visual and hands-on ways of participating.
1. Operation Christmas Child – This is the charity that collects shoe boxes filled with items for kids overseas. Your little one can brainstorm ideas of items to place in the box and go with you to shop for them.
2. Angel Tree – This charity places tags on a tree that correlate to a particular child in need. These trees are found in your local grocery or retail stores. This year, Brady chose a little boy who is his same age who likes the same things he does. He is excited because he can relate to him and feels like he knows exactly what he will want.
3. Toys for Tots – This charity is one of the easiest to donate to. While you are at the store, let your child pick a gift they think another little boy or girl may want. Then they can drop it in the bin on your way out.
4. Operation Warm – Unfortunately, there are a lot of children in need of a new warm coat. Helping your kids understand that and letting them pick out a coat for someone is a great way to help teach empathy.
5. Local Animal Shelters – Almost all kids adore animals and donating items to a local shelter is a wonderful idea. You can call them first to find out what supplies they are in most need of and have your child help you deliver them.
If there’s a cause near and dear to you or someone you know in need right now, you can share it with Capital One. They’re granting wishes and yours could be picked.
Find more information at Wish For Others.
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.