Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Teaching Kids About Charity

The importance of teaching children the value of charity work is hard to overestimate. While every single child should learn how to spell, read, write and do math, there is more to life than just these basics. In order for a child to grow into a responsible citizen, he or she needs to learn that life is about more than making money, going to work and having fun. Giving to others will help a child to be aware of his or her community and grow into an responsible, ethical, tolerant adult.


Volunteering is one of the best ways to teach children about charity work. One can find volunteer opportunities in any given city or town, as most charitable organizations are eager to accept part time help from those who would like to donate a few hours of their time. A child can help prepare and pass out food to the homeless, clean a local park or community area, care for abandoned animals at an animal shelter and more. Naturally, it is important to make sure that the volunteer opportunity is suitable for the child's age and maturity level.

Giving Used Items to Charity

Giving used items to charity is also an important way of teaching children to give back to others. Many parents have initiated a tradition that when a child gets toys for Christmas, or his or her birthday, some old toys that are no longer used are then given away to those in need. The beauty of this tradition is that a child of any age can participate in this form of giving. The items being given away can be taken to an Oxfam or Goodwill store, homeless shelter or orphanage in the area.

Charity Christmas Cards

No matter how poor a person is, he or she can invest in charity Christmas cards. These often cost less than a pack from a high street retailer, and buying one is a great way to give to those in need. Nearly everyone buys Christmas cards for family and friends, and a child will gain great joy from discovering that buying cards from a charity will provide the money that the charity needs to serve the needy.

Giving Money

Many charities hold fundraisers - sometimes in front of supermarkets and shops, or as part of a larger event, like a fair or fête. Teaching a child to give money at these fundraisers is a good way of helping them to learn to give to those in need. If the child is very young, then the parent should not only suggest that the child to put some change in the bucket - it's very important not to force children to take part in charity work; the act must be entered into voluntarily if a child is to benefit - but also explain to the child what the money will be used for (i.e. feeding the homeless, caring for needy children, helping endangered animals, etc).

Every parent should provide his or her child with a sound moral education, and one aspect of teaching a child moral values is teaching him or her how to give to those in need. Volunteering, donating cash or recycling used items and buying products sold by a charity are simple yet effective ways of teaching a child the joys of giving and helping others.

This is a guest post from Cards For Good Causes - a leading charity Christmas card company who help a wide range of charities every year. For more information on charity Christmas cards and how you can get involved, please visit the Cards For Good Causes website.

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Anders said...

It is important to teach children about the value of charity. They should be taught the good that donating to charity and volunteering towards charitable causes can do. This also teaches them empathy towards others.

Anonymous said...

Date: 11/01/2012 - 12/25/2012 Time: 12:00 am - 05:00 pm Angels with Faith Ministries 501c3 non-profit charity announces the kickoff of our Christmas Angels Program on November 1st through which we provide Christmas to 100s of area children who would not otherwise have anything under the tree on Christmas morning.Since we receive no funding we rely strictly on the tax deductible donations of our community & this year we expect over 1000 children.We have volunteers to pickup donated toys(new&LIGHTLY used),Bikes,baby needs,gifts for older children,warm clothing,food for holiday baskets,computers,laptops&other electronics such as mp3 playesr,ipods,tablets etc,donations can also be made via paypal on our website We are hosting a 1 day Christmas Angels festival& Toy drive fundraiser event at Jug tavern Park & Pavillion on December 1st from 7 am until 7 pm.We have live music being played all day by local groups country,gospel & Christmas music, free moonwalks,facepainting & of course Santa for the kids,a Cutest Kids contest (everyone is welcome to enter those cute kids see details on our website)with the grand prize being donated by Disney World Orlando,games,a bake sale (donations needed by November 30th PLEASE),silent auctions for authentic autographed Nascar,music & sports legends,raffles all day for those who donate new toys,bikes(new or lightly used),food,gift cards,or by credit card,check or cash for every donation you will receive a raffle ticket for these drawings to be held every 30 minutes for GREAT prizes donated by area merchants.We will also have our Angel Tree from which you can choose a family or families to adopt or sponsor for Christmas & choose to meet & work with that family personally or through us.ALL donations are tax deductible & 100% of ALL donations go directly to providing Christmas gifts,warm clothing & holiday food baskets to Georgia childen.PLEASE come out & show your support & love for Georgias littlest angels!Applications for Christmas assistance available through DFCS & also childens hospital,disabled military groups,Toys for Tots,Salvation Army,etc & can also be emailed to us here after November 1st.You must live in georgia,have a true financial need for assistance & you must not be receiving Christmas help from anywhere else,we will check. If you are a vendor & would like to reserve a spot to sell your arts & crafts,Christmas items,etc please call asap deadline is November 22nd we have 15 spots available for a $25 donation you can have a spot for the busiest shopping weekend of the month,you must provide your own tables & all vendors must remember that we are a Christian charity so no profanity etc will be sold. Lori,director 678-754-1541/Rev Michael Tuck 678-754-2337 volunteers Avis 678-887-1988 Vickie 770-990-4579 email Location: Angels with Faith Ministries & Church 501c3 non-profit charity Address: 722 Chicken Lyle RD