Recently, we helped at a garage sale that was raising funds for several charities. (Tiny Hands International http://www.tinyhandsinternational.org/ and a Honduras Mission I believe it's Nueva Esperanza Honduras http://www.hopeinhonduras.org/). I talked to my kids ahead of time before we went to help and helped them to understand why we were participating. In addition, thinking of the lemonade stand post (http://moneygarden.weebly.com/3/post/2013/06/lemonade-sale-vacation...), I offered to allow them to sell lemonade and cookies again but this time for donating to Charities.
They manned that lemonade stand for 2 days- rotating shifts and allowing other kids to help. They offered 2 cookies that they had assisted in making and a small cup of lemonade for $1.00 donation. They manage to raise $140 in funds. A lot of people donated additional money, moved by the spirit of children ready to serve a cause. My children were incredibly proud of the work they accomplished and they focused on the needs of someone else.
This month we are packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child (discussed in this blog post- http://moneygarden.weebly.com/2/post/2013/11/update-and-addition-to...) and I hope to do more than that.
What happens when kids get involved?
This happened to be on the K-Love Facebook Page this week:
"God, today I am thankful for Your promise of an ABUNDANT life. Oh Lord, help us to move beyond a "survivalist" mentality and into the ABUNDANT life You have called us to!
For You say, "The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)." John 10:10 (Amplified)
Father, show us the ways we can enjoy our lives more, show us the abundance that You have already provided, and help it to overflow on those around us.
In Jesus' name, Amen."
Pick a purpose for your family. It's BEST when the kids can do something of a service nature, rather than just spending your money. Here are some suggestions, most of which we have done ourselves:
Don't wait! This is the season to do good, as much as it is a season of shopping. If you start now, you are likely to continue giving and doing on into the new year. As always, please share your ideas and experiences!