Holidays: Giving and Sharing

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The holidays are a very exciting time of the year, especially for children. It is a time when we spend time with the people we love and enjoy good food. It is also a time where we have the privilege of giving and receiving great gifts. However, it is very easy for us to forget about those who are less fortunate during this time of the year. Many people lack the basic necessities, and others have been affected by the poor economy, so it is important for people to make a tradition of sharing with those in need if they are able to help.

You should also teach your children the importance of sharing and giving. If you teach your children about giving now, then they will most likely continue to help people when they get older. Below are some of the ways that you and your children can help others during the holidays:

Help a Food Drive

Many non-profit organizations hold food drives throughout the holiday season and are in need of people to donate food. You should buy some food for a food drive and take your children with you. Explain to your children that some people are unable to purchase food and need other people to help them. Canned meat/fish, canned packaged meals, canned fruit, vegetables, peanut butter and boxed meals are examples of some of the items that you can donate to a food drive. Many grocery stores and businesses have food barrels during the holidays, but food banks need help year-round. You may also want to consider volunteering at a food bank. Donating your time is just as important as donating food!

Buying Presents For A Toy Drive

Many children would not get anything for Christmas if it was not for the generous donations of other people. That is why you may want to consider buying some presents for a Christmas Giving Tree Project or local toy drive. Donations typically need to be new and unwrapped. This is another way that you can teach your children to help other children, who are less fortunate.

Donate Warm Coats

Warm coats are something that most of us take for granted. You should donate unneeded warm coats to people who are less fortunate. One Warm Coat is an organization that accepts coat donations for people who are in need, as well as gloves and scarves.

Hopefully your children will better appreciate what they have and come to enjoy giving to others.