This post contains affiliate links to products we use as well as links to charities I support for your consideration. My 4 year old daughter has entered a new phase of life. In the past few months she has shown us a sense of generosity that makes my heart melt, and I want to encourage… [Continue Reading]

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I participated in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. The National School Lunch Program provides free and low-cost lunch and breakfast to children who meet income guidelines. But, when school is out, that’s two less nutritious meals or no meals at all. There’s a way… [Continue Reading]

Help Hungry Kids - SIMPLE Service Project by Champions for Kids

I’ve probably written about Myasthenia Gravis month 5 or 6 times. But, it is important to teach people what MG is and to ask for help in the form of donations or sharing. Myasthenia Gravis and Me I have had Myasthenia Gravis for 11 years now. My diagnosis happened when my daughters were 4 and… [Continue Reading]

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own as always. It may be hard to believe, but surrounding Walt Disney World are untouched areas of forest, swamps and vegetation. My family and I love to sit outside our hotel room, listen to the crickets and look out for rabbit, ducks and wild turkey.… [Continue Reading]

Get Outdoors and Have Fun!

Every summer my family and I like to add special volunteering to our “Pay it Forward” list. Since this season means being outdoors more often, I look forward to finding some new ways to give back and new charities to help. I hope this list of summer volunteer opportunities helps you too. Summer Volunteer Suggestions:… [Continue Reading]

Summer Volunteer Options

Teaching Our Children About Charity- A Lesson in #SocialGood

Donations sign in Banksy style at Banksy exhibition in BristolThis post contains affiliate links to products we use as well as links to charities I support for your consideration.

My 4 year old daughter has entered a new phase of life. In the past few months she has shown us a sense of generosity that makes my heart melt, and I want to encourage her generous spirit by teaching her how important it is to give back to those in need. While she may not be willing to place many of her toys in our local donation box just yet she can still learn those important lessons of helping others.. Here are a few of the things I am doing to encourage my daughter to help others in our community.

Learning By Example-

I may not always have money to donate, but I make it a personal mission of mine to share the opportunities I have to support others with my children. Whether it’s allowing my daughter to drop my extra change in the charity box by the register or sorting through our gently used items donating them  together, I’m offering her the opportunity to actively participate in my own charitable actions.

Reading Lessons-

Like most children my daughter absolutely loves to read, so we have incorporated lessons about generosity and charity through our nightly reading time. My daughter’s favorite book these days is The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving. We also added The Berenstain Bears Think of Those in Need to our bookshelf.

Let the Child Pick a Charity-

Each week my daughter has the option to place her weekly allowance ($4 at her age) into 3 different envelopes: spending, savings, and charity. Instead of forcing her to put aside a certain amount for each I allow her to make her own decisions. Of course the first few weeks she placed all the money into her spending envelope, but as we have continued with the routine I now find her habits have changed by her own will. She slowly began to place a small amount into the savings envelope, but as our lessons of giving continued the charity envelope began to see a steady “donation” each week. Now my daughter is excited to place $2 in her spending envelope, $1 in savings, and $1 in the charity envelope each week!

I provided a list of 5 charities that our family supports, a local charity, 3 charities revolving around children, the Preeclampsia foundation (because she and I are Preeclampsia survivors), and a wildlife charity. After a discussion about each one she decided to support the Children’s Tumor Foundation in honor of a family friend her own age who has Neurofibromatosis. We have agreed to save her charity envelope until she reaches a $25 donation to send directly to the foundation or donate to a NF Walk.

Raising Money-

We stopped by a local Alex’s Lemonade Stand a couple weeks ago, made a donation, and talked about why the children were raising money. I realized the lesson spoke to my little 4 year old when we began planning for our upcoming family yard sale. After a discussion about raising money for charities we decided together to donate a portion of our earnings and any items left after the sale to a local charity.

As my daughter and her understanding of giving back grows I’m sure we will add many more ways to share with those in need. Do you involve your children in your own charitable actions? I would love to hear how your children participate in helping your local community or charities you support.

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Help Hungry Kids This Summer #SummerofGiving

I participated in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

The National School Lunch Program provides free and low-cost lunch and breakfast to children who meet income guidelines. But, when school is out, that’s two less nutritious meals or no meals at all. There’s a way to help  hungry kids with Champions for Kids:

SIMPLE Service Project

Champions for Kids’ motto is, “All children should have: Someone who cares; a Place to belong; Hope for tomorrow and provisions for their journey. All children.” This summer they are asking us to help with provisions – food. The SIMPLE Service Project is just that, simple. You can do it with your family, friends or a group.

Just visit your local Walmart’s frozen food aisle. Look for Tyson, Birds Eye, and State Fair foods and purchase as much as you can. Donate that food to a food pantry, food bank, homeless shelter, or other organization that needs food. Take your children along with you so they can see firsthand what is going on in their own neighborhood. It is a good experience for them to know the truth about hunger so they have a loving heart for those in need.

With the Summer of Giving program, Champions for Kids wants to reach a goal of 5 million meals this summer and I know it can be done! Giving back gives you that good feeling that nothing else can compare. As another incentive, share your SIMPLE Service project and be entered to win $25,000 for your school. Please note – this ends July 9th.

My SIMPLE Service Project

I was given a $100 Walmart Gift Card to buy Birds Eye, Tyson and State Fair frozen foods. My daughter and I went shopping, trying to get as much food as possible with our budget. She used a calculator to add up the prices as we chose what would be best for the food bank we were going to donate to.

Help Hungry Kids - SIMPLE Service Project by Champions for Kids

After our shopping trip, which took about 30 minutes, we drove to Jericho Road Ministries. Besides their food pantry, which provides food for adults and families, they have a homeless shelter with programs to help people get work or go to college.

We got assistance unloading the bags of food and kept hearing, “thank you” from every person we encountered. No matter how many times I explained that I didn’t pay for the food, it didn’t matter. One volunteer explained that they were grateful for us taking the time to buy the food and drive there.

Help Hungry Kids - Jericho Road Ministries

That made me feel guilty and sad. I know that I don’t do enough volunteering any more. When my daughter and I got back in our car, we talked about how something so simple can do so much. From now on, when we go shopping we’ll look for sales and buy extra. Then save it until we have a nice amount and drive to donate again.

Hunger in the United States

We know that children are hungry and that it can be much worse during the summer when they are out of school. I can’t sit back knowing that and doing nothing to help.

Help Hungry Kids
“More than 16 million children in the United States – 22% of all children – live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level.” – National Center for Children in Poverty

“Among the world’s 35 economically advanced countries, America ranks at the bottom of relative child poverty, second only to Romania.” – United Nations Measuring Child Poverty, May 2012

Knowing these statistics, don’t you want to help hungry kids this summer? And throughout the year? Besides the Summer of Giving SIMPLE Service Project, take a look at other ways to help through Champions for Kids.

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Myasthenia Gravis Month – Let’s Find a Cure

I’ve probably written about Myasthenia Gravis month 5 or 6 times. But, it is important to teach people what MG is and to ask for help in the form of donations or sharing. Myasthenia Gravis and Me I have had Myasthenia Gravis for 11 years now. My diagnosis happened when my daughters were 4 and […]

Get Outdoors and Have Fun!

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own as always. It may be hard to believe, but surrounding Walt Disney World are untouched areas of forest, swamps and vegetation. My family and I love to sit outside our hotel room, listen to the crickets and look out for rabbit, ducks and wild turkey. […]

Summer Volunteer Options

Summer Volunteer Opportunities for Families

Every summer my family and I like to add special volunteering to our “Pay it Forward” list. Since this season means being outdoors more often, I look forward to finding some new ways to give back and new charities to help. I hope this list of summer volunteer opportunities helps you too. Summer Volunteer Suggestions: […]

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