Recently a friend’s kids donated extra soccer balls for refugee children, a service provided by Darfur United. The act was an opportunity for learning about the reality of children in other parts of the world and for experiencing the value in giving.
All parents want their children to grow up as compassionate contributors to community, global need, planet Earth. There are plenty of ways to foster this quality as kids develop into young adults. One of the most relevant ways for children to learn about service is when it is connected to other children. What better way to continue your child’s learning through summer break than to take some time to help others.
Below are some ways kids can help kids:
1. Have your child volunteer his/her time at a local library or school reading to other children.
2. Create a craft with your child that can be sold; decide where to donate proceeds such as buying toys for a foster home.
3. Start a food drive, clothing drive, or school supplies drive to collect needed items and donate to an organization.
4. Ask your child’s school to consider implementing the KIDS curriculum.
Kids Can Make A Difference® (KIDS), an educational program for middle- and high school students, focuses on the root causes of hunger and poverty, the people most affected, solutions, and how students can help. The major goal is to stimulate the students to take some definite follow-up actions as they begin to realize that one person can make a difference.
For more, watch this video.
Giving is receiving in so many ways. By encouraging giving activities, your child will benefit by learning about the greater world around them, enhancing problem solving skills, and engaging in compassion. Check out this extensive list of non profit organizations that assist children or do a search for local organizations near you.