Parents who support others by donating time and treasure edify and enrich their children’s lives. Volunteerism teaches basic character foundations to kids.
Volunteering Builds Inner Strength
Inner strength, or “resilience,” is the ability to cope with the stressful situations in life. Showing children love, offering security, social support, confidence, and allowing independence help to build inner strength. Empathy is also an important part of inner strength.
Caring about other people helps children recognize and appreciate others feelings. Helping others can help children learn that they have the power to make others feel better. Help your child learn empathy by demonstrating it in your own life.
Volunteer in a soup kitchen or other community center with your children.
Prepare a meal for a sick neighbor and include the children in the cooking and delivery.
Participate in a charity walk as a family
Helping others can help children learn that they have the power to make others feel better.
Support Children’s Organizations – Children directly relate
Parents who volunteer and donate are preparing children to be the leaders to a more tolerant and compassionate world. Donate to the less fortunate and encourage your children to participate by contributing their own items. Experts say having them help other kids teaches them children in need are similar to them.
Donating items to underprivileged children made a huge impact on my children. Hosting fundraisers for children by children carved a lasting impression on their hearts and minds.
I do believe big-ticket items have a big impact on kids. I once donated a fur coat to an auction for a local children’s shelter. My sons were wide eyed, perhaps perplexed that I would donate something so valuable. After meeting several of the benefactors of the auction, they understood completely. Empathy kicked in as I remember it, with the oldest asking, “Maybe now they can buy a game boy like mine right mom?”
When my youngest was a teen, we held a rock concert that consisted of local garage bands and a few professional bands to headline the event. The funds raised were used to buy Christmas gifts for foster teens living in a local shelter. This event ran for three years at the request of the teenagers.
My son is now 23 and in college. Still today, the young people involved in the event talk about the show, how hard they worked, and the support it provided for other teens in need.
A new type of fundraising has recently emerged, car donations. Cars to Help Kids, a new 501C3 organization, supports children through Ronald McDonald House Charity, Children’s Charities of America, Samaritans Purse, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Boy Scouts of America. The charity accepts cars in working and non-working condition. The process to donate a car is easy. In fact, with a simple phone call and a title a junk car can transformed into cash to support any number of the aforementioned charities. Visit Cars to help kids to learn how to donate your car.
Can you imagine the fundraising event if Cars to Help Kids was in existence back then? The vision in my mind is a whole parking lot of old cars and tow trucks. Now would that be a lasting memory.
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