My husband and I have a few different ways that we support ministries and causes that are important to us. We also have a few places locally that we regularly donate to.
My kids know that donating is a regular part of our life and the funniest thing happened the other day with David that I have to share.
I gave David my Instax camera to take some pictures, which he excitedly did, and when I asked him to show me his pictures he pulled a folded up and crumpled polaroid out of his pocket and reached for the trashcan.
“David, wait! What are you doing, are you throwing that one away?”
“Yes, I do not like that one.”
“Let me see it, buddy!”
He handed me the photo and I held back my smirk because I didn’t want to embarrass him. It was a selfie shot from about waist level looking up toward his face and apparently, he didn’t like how his face looked in it, so he wanted to throw it away.
“Okay, so you just don’t like this one? You can totally throw it away!”
Then David said, “Wait, maybe we can donate it to a kid that may like it more than me!”
I had to explain to him that while I appreciated his generosity that sometimes there are certain things that we can donate and others that we don’t.
I was truly grateful, though, that he thought about potential other uses for an item before just throwing it away. Both of my boys see me donating clothes, shoes, toys, baby items, and other things regularly, and I’m glad that giving unused items away is an un-emotional, natural thing to them.
In the spirit of giving, I thought I’d share just a few places that I personally enjoy giving to and also tell you about a great way to get your kids involved in giving with Operation Christmas Child.
Operation Christmas Child is a great activity to get your kids involved in that blesses children that may not get Christmas gifts this year. You are able to choose the age and sex of the children you buy for, and all you need to do is fill up shoeboxes with a few items from the provided list, then drop it off at a certain location. It’s such an easy way to give back and can really make the day of a child in need.
My mom and I went to Hobby Lobby recently and saw that they sell the boxes there if that makes it easy for you! And if you aren’t able to physically put a box together, there is an option to do it online as well!
The North Carolina Diaper Bank is a 501c3 organization that provides diapers to people who may not be able to purchase them. As someone who uses diapers very regularly, I loved having a chance to support and help this cause.
The Brown Bag Ministry is another 501c3 in Raleigh that provides food to the homeless and hungry in Durham and Wake Counties. Beyond financially giving, you can show up and help bag the lunches on Saturdays.
These are just a few ideas of ways to give back this season (or year round!). You can also find a few great ideas for volunteer opportunities that you may be able to do with children in the comments of this post.