My family has been very blessed, and I want my children and grandchildren to understand the importance of giving back and helping those in need. It doesn’t have to cost a lot or take up much time, to do something that can really make a difference for someone else. It’s easier than you might think to give back, through programs such as Operation Christmas Child.
I think the best way to teach kids about philanthropy is through the act of giving itself. Let them be involved and help with whatever contribution you are making. Children of all ages can be involved in charitable giving, and it’s great to get kids involved at a very young age. Now that some of my grandchildren are getting older, they are taking on a more active role in giving back to our community. We recently donated toiletries that the kids helped collect to our community action center. This holiday season, my oldest grandson will be heading up a local toy drive as part of a 4H leadership project.
I wanted us to do even more this holiday season and Operation Christmas Child is a great program that lets kids not only be involved in the act of giving, but also see the impact their generosity is having on someone else’s life across the globe.
To give through the Operation Christmas Child program, all you have to do is pack a shoe box full of gifts for a child and drop it off at a local collection center. Once your donation is made, you can follow it’s path online around the world and learn the destination of your donation.
You can even make your donation online which is what we did. I just returned home from traveling all week and don’t have time to go shopping for our Operation Christmas Child donation. The kids and I were able to build a box online in a matter of minutes. We were able to choose if we want our gift to go to a boy or a girl, and the age range of the child. Next we got to choose the gifts, from a selection available. You don’t even have to choose the specific gifts if you don’t want to, and can leave that up to the Operation Christmas Child volunteers. The cost to build a box online is just $30, and there are many items included for that donation amount.
We sent a gift to a boy, between the age of 10 and 14. The kids selected some toys that we think a boy that age might like such as: a harmonica, yo-yo, sun glasses and a ball. There are some standard items that go into every box, that will meet some of the child’s basic needs.
Before completing our box, we got to include a photo of our family and send a special message to the child who would receive our box.
Even with my busy schedule, we were able to do something that will really make a difference to a child this holiday season. We look forward to tracking our box online and seeing where it ends up.
This holiday season build a box with your family to teach kindness, compassion, and generosity.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Operation Christmas Child. The opinions and text are all mine.