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How to Teach your Children about the Importance of Charity

How to Teach your Children about the Importance of CharityChildren are innately compassionate and sensitive to the feelings of others. Yet as they get older, their thoughts tend to narrow in on their own needs and wants it becomes difficult to keep them focused on the importance of helping others. Teaching your children to look up from their smartphones and focus on the needs of their community doesn’t take a lot of time, just a little ingenuity.

1. Donate
Giving to charity is as simple as cleaning out the closet. Charge your children with the task of packing up their old gently used toys and clothes to donate to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. Take them with you to drop off the donation so they can see where their old things are going.

2. Neighborhood Helpers
Do things for your older neighbors or family members that they may have trouble doing for themselves. You can do yard work, help them clean or take them to store to help with groceries.

3. Take to the Internet
Many people in your community and around the world turn to the internet to drum up support for their cause. Companies like Move Your Mountain are a good place to look for local causes in your community and beyond.

4. Family Bonding Time
Plan family volunteering days. There are any number of places you can volunteer as a family. Local food banks and donation stores like the Goodwill love having families come in and help them sort through donations.

5. Make it a Giving Birthday
Instead of having party guests bring presents, ask them to bring a donation for the local children’s hospital. They are always in need of toiletries, toys and blankets. Most facilities have a donations request list on their website that you can print off and send out with your party invites.

6. Pets Need Love Too
Local animal shelters are always in need of volunteers and donations. Give them a call and get a list of their donation requirements. Then the next time you’re at the store with the kids, have them pick out an item or two to drop off at the shelter.

The act of giving is one of the most important traits we can teach our children. It’s so easy to get swept away in our technology driven society that we forget there are others in need all around us. Instilling the importance of charity in children today will create a society of givers tomorrow.


Tim Esterdahl

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

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