Parents have to teach their children a lot. They try to get their children to understand the importance of sharing, how to be brave, how to love themselves and those around them—the list goes on. Two traits we think children, parents—everyone—should have are generosity and compassion. Few people would say these are bad traits to have, but they can prove more difficult to teach.
If you want your children to acquire these traits, then teach them about charitable giving. This idea not only grows their generosity muscle, but these acts of charitable giving will also help them become more aware of those in need and their ability to help those in need. If that’s something you’re interested in, take a look at these different ways for kids to give back to their community. These activities and actions will help foster and encourage charitable giving, and it will teach them to support those around them. You’ll probably find these acts will also teach them other important lessons. Read on for more ideas!
A great way to teach to your children about charitable giving is from the simple act of donating clothes. Spend some time as a family going through closets and donating clothes you haven’t worn in a while. Better yet, go out to the store and buy some new jackets, hats, scarves, and other essential winter items so that your children also understand the importance of giving new items. Remember, this charitable action can be as simple as leaving your clothes donation box outside for GreenDrop to pick up!
Plant a Tree (or More)
We love the idea of supporting the environment, and so will your kids. Spend some time planting a few trees in your backyard or even on their school’s grounds (if you get permission). This will help your child learn the importance of protecting the environment and show them how it can start with them!
Donate Unused/Unwanted Toys
Another great donation area for kids apart from clothing is in the realm of toys. Just like clothing donations help out those in need and offer a simple way to give back to the community, donating toys will hit a little closer to home for the kiddos. If you tell them that these toys will help those who may not have any toys at all, they’re sure to respond!
Give Books to Local Hospitals or Daycares
Similar to clothing and toy donations, book donations provide another great way to spread kindness and creativity. Have your children go through their books and decide which ones they don’t think they’ll read again. Then you and your children can bring those books to a local hospital or daycare. Letting your kids see the joy that comes to other’s faces will showcase what an impact they have on someone else’s mood!
Start a School Recycling Program
Your kids learn a lot at school, so why not help them teach others by starting a school recycling program. This is a great project to have them do with other kids their age, and it will help them see the power in giving back as a group. Talk with the school to see whether this is okay before they begin!
Hold a Collection Drive
This collection drive can be for a variety of items. You can collect glass bottles for recycling, or you can collect mittens for those in need—the list is seemingly endless. What your kids get from it, however, is what really counts. These drives will teach them about the importance of following through, and it will show them the beauty of giving back to the community with the help of the community.
Make Handmade Cards
A great way for younger kids to give back to the community as well is to create handmade cards. These cards can come in many forms; have them write thank-you cards for local servicemen or get well soon cards for hospital residents. This idea can help show children that even the smallest gestures can make an impact.
Set Up a Blessing Box
Pulling the idea from the mother and son pair that created a blessing box in Kansas, this is a powerful way to give back to the community, and it’s also quite simple. Similar to the free little libraries where people can take a book and leave a book, these boxes offer necessities to those in need. These can include anything from free food to hygiene products and anything else. It’s a great way to help out those in need without the pressure of heading to a soup kitchen.
Do Chores or Yard Work for Neighbors
Helping out the community can be as easy as walking over to the neighbors and asking if they need help with anything. Growing that generosity muscle often means starting small with something that won’t intimidate your children—helping out the neighbors is just that. Your children can assist with simple chores neighbors may need help completing. During the winter, shoveling snow is another great way to give back to the community.
Be a Buddy
Finally, our last way for kids to give back to their community is simply by being a friend. School is tough for a lot of people, so help foster your child’s compassion by encouraging them to sit with those who sit alone or by befriending a child with special needs. Just being a buddy to someone else in class is a way to give back, spread joy, and foster compassion. If you can show them that these steps will help the community, and fill their hearts, the better chance you have of them following through on these activities.
Now, these are just a few ways to give back to the community and foster your child’s generosity and compassion. However, there are tons of other acts that can bring that same feeling of joy and accomplishment—try some out with your kids as well! When you finish up those collection drives and compiled donations, turn to GreenDrop. We’ll make sure that your donations turn into necessary support for your chosen charity. One step, and one act, at a time will help generosity flourish in your children!