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4 Simple Ways to Teach Children about Charity and Good Will

Teaching children about charity and good will is an important lesson. Making it a concrete concept will help your child to understand charity easier. Choose a project that will be meaningful to your child, such as helping students or pets. Involve your child throughout the process of helping others.

Collect Hygiene Items for a Domestic Violence Shelter

Victims of domestic violence often have to quickly leave their homes. They do not always have the time to grab personal toiletries and beauty products. Having a nice hand lotion or shampoo helps to make a person staying in a domestic violence shelter cared for and important as a human being. Consider collecting new hygiene items for a domestic violence shelter and taking them to the shelter’s designated drop-off point.

Donate Your Used Car

Auto students who are learning how to become mechanics may benefit from your old car. Some companies, such as the Newgate School, know that even if your old car is a clunker, auto students can still learn from experimenting on it. You could even donate your used car to a family member who would be able to use the parts from it for their own car.  The possibilities for donating are endless.

Take Blankets and Clothing to a Homeless Shelter

Homeless shelters serve a large clientele. The people who come in to stay at a shelter for a few nights may be given a new set of clothes and a blanket to take with them. This means that the shelters go through a lot of clothing and blankets. Consider collecting new socks and underwear and taking it to a shelter. Gently used or new blankets and clothing are also appreciated. Check first to find out which sizes are most desired.

Host a Pet Food Collection for a No-Kill Pet Shelter

Many no-kill pet shelters take in dozens or even hundreds of animals every month. This means that they go through a lot of food and other supplies. Contact a shelter and see what they need the most. Some might need kitten or puppy food while others might need kitty litter or dog toys. Have your child help to shop for and deliver the items to the shelter.

Each of these projects could be a wonderful activity to do as a family. You could pick one thing to do per year and give it your best effort. If you are able, consider donating your old car and then selecting another charitable cause as an ongoing project to help others as a group effort.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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