The inspiration behind giving: how to teach your kids about charity


The inspiration behind giving: how to teach your kids about charity

Charitable giving is rewarding for parents and children alike. From a young age, children should be taught how to help those less fortunate than them. It’s not always about giving tangible goods but also about helping people with your time. Which is a very valuable lesson to learn.

Not only will it teach your children to be kind and caring but it will show them what it’s like to feel empowered by something. Parents should also learn to praise their kids when they show empathy and generosity. Here are tips for helping your children understand the different way to donate:


  • Donate clothes to the less fortunate

You as a parent need to often go through your cupboard and get rid of clothing that you do not wear. There are a handful of places that you can donate your clothing to, from children’s homes and hospices to the more underprivileged areas in your community. When you do this, it encourages your children to do the same because they tend to watch what you do and copy it. This will give them the responsibility to make their own decisions on the clothing and toys they want to give away. For maximum benefit, get your children to come with you when you drop these items off.


  • Visit and donate items to your community

When your family gets involved with community activities, you will get to know everyone that lives around you. For example, encourage your children to come with you when you visit an old-age home. While you’re there, you can bring them biscuits and help them do things that they cannot do themselves. Another way to really give back to your community is to support the various community groups like firefighters, police officers and churches that do a lot for us. We also need to thank them for their efforts.


  • Give blood to those in need

If you are a parent who likes to donate blood regularly, let your children come with you to watch. Set the example of what you hope for them to be like one day. Talk to them about why you choose to donate blood and what you hope it will accomplish by doing so. It’s also a great way to teach them about their blood group and everything they need to know about the health and safety linked to this type of donation.  


  • Support local animal shelters

A great way to show your children how to purchase a pet is to take them to animal shelters and let them play with the animals before they choose to buy one. ‘Adopt don’t shop’ is some great advice, especially since there are so many shelters with an overload of animals that aren’t getting enough care and treatment. Even if you don’t buy a pet from them, let your family donate food and blankets regularly to the animals in need. This will really help the managers and staff at the shelter.


  • Donate food to a local community

Over the school holidays, make it an activity to go and buy canned food and fruit or any other items that can be stored for long periods of time, for any local community in need. It could even be to help your domestic and her family at home. This is a great way to get your kiddies to get involved. They can write a little letter to the receivers and decorate the gift package nicely before delivering it.


  • Put out a jar of donations at home

Making a difference can be done in various forms. A great example is to donate to an emergency funding programme. Set out a charity jar at the house to encourage anyone who has coins or notes to donate and to put it into the jar. Once the jar is full, you can decide who you are going to donate the money to. Doctors Without Borders is an inspiration to children, because it shows them how people give up their time to assist with a specific cause. Be it animals, children, health or disaster, you can decide where your donation is going. That way, you’ll have a clear idea of where your money is going and how it’s making a difference.


  • Volunteer your time

Apart from donating, the best possible form of giving is to share your time with people in need. Sign up to volunteer at a local organisation and let your children come and visit you there to see what you’re doing. Although they may be young in age, in the midst of you helping others, they are learning important messages about your beliefs concerning the spirit of giving. You will be helping them understand what it means to be selfless and to help others in life. They will grow up with this mentality, which is so important.