Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Giving Back And Feeling Good With The Boys & Girls Club



     So its that time of year where your making a list, shopping for gifts, baking cookies, and just plain running around like crazy.  I know I get so wrapped up in all that there is to do every year.  I love shopping and getting gifts for the people I love.  I spend a lot of time searching for the perfect gifts every year.  Giving to others makes me feel good.  The truth is the people on my regular shopping list every year for Christmas don't really need anything.  But there are many people out there that are in real need everyday, not just during the holidays.

     I knew when I started to have children that there were some specific values I wanted to pass on to them. Of course some of the typical ones like being honest, loyal, fair, loving, and many more.  But I really want my children to learn the value of giving back to those less fortunate.  I know my boys are young, but it is never too early to begin to learn about this.  Jayden has helped with purchasing gifts for Christmas Angels and filling shoe boxes with items for less fortunate little boys and girls.  Jayden has helped me to pick out non parishable foods to donate to the food bank.  We have sorted out some of the toys that Jayden no longer plays with in great condition and donated them.  These are just some of the ways we have given back.  Now Evan of course is way to young to do any of this.  But as he and Jayden get older I want to make some of these things a tradition.  I would love for each of them to get an angel off of the tree for a child their age and pick out the toys and clothes they would otherwise like to have and give to the children that need it.  I also want to continue to donate food to the food bank throughout the year, since people are hungry all year.

Gift the Gift of a Great Future {Boys and Girls Club of America}

     This year is the 2nd Annual Give the Gift of a Great Future Holiday Campaign.  The Boys and Girls Club uses fun, creative, and easy activities to teach children the value of giving back through their website Give the Gift of a Great Future.  This website has resources to help parents in teaching their children about the importance of giving back.  They have many great ideas on ways for parents and their children to give back.


    Some of the Boys & Girls Club tips include talking about giving back, reading books, and acknowledge and celebrate giving acts.  Just the act of telling children what your doing and why is very powerful.  Coming from a teacher view I believe the more children are told the more they understand.  Talking about why your doing something helps children to understand.  Reading books is a great tool to teach children about anything and especially the importance of giving.  I really like to acknowledge and celebrate all the great things my children do and giving back is at the top of that list.  As much as giving back is reward in itself, sometimes children need just a little more to know their importance in the act of giving.  I will be using these tips and others from the list in helping me to teach my children about giving back.

     During this 2nd Annual Give the Gift of a Great Future Holiday Campaign you can help by playing  The Giving Game.  I encourage you to take a couple minutes to play the game and help out.  It is really simple and fun.
Kids Give Back {Boys and Girls Clubs of America}
 
  Another way to help is to vote in the Kids Give Back Photo Contest.  Across the country Boys & Girls Club kids have performed over a million hours of community service.  BGCA is celebrating this by inviting these clubs to enter their service project in the Kids Give Back Contest for a chance to win $2,500.  The entrants have been narrowed down to the 12 best.  But choosing a winner is not easy.  BGCA needs your help and your vote.  Just go to the Kids Give Back page, read over the 12 entries, and cast your vote.  Reading over the entries making a vote is not easy.  These kids have worked hard to really give back.  The good thing is you can vote daily so if there are more then one you favor you can go back and vote the next day.  

     I'd love to hear from you.  How have you taught your children about giving back?  Are you involved with your local Boys and Girls Club?

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Boys and Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.

12 comments:

  1. I feel that it is so important to teach our children to give to others. Right now my daughter is only a baby, so she doesn't comprehend giving fully yet. But, we have already started setting an example for her :)

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  2. What a great program! We are not currently involved with our local Boys and Girls club but it is huge in our community. I too have my daughter help pick out stuff to take to the food bank.

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  3. I love how you are teaching your children to help those less fortunate. I wish all of us would help each other and this program is one of the best ways to do it.

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  4. This article inspired me to be more direct about teaching my children the principle of giving to others. My husband and I contribute regularly but I don't think we've involved are children actively in the process. I think it's time...

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  5. That's wonderful that you're teaching them to give back. Just this past week we took my grandsons to donate old toys at Goodwill. We're trying to teach them, too.

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  6. I love the purpose of the Boys and Girls Club. Our family started doing foster care last year, it has really taught our biological children to have compassion and put others first.

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  7. I need to look into doing this. Thanks for the info!

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  8. What a great program! My kids are still very young, so I haven't yet taught them about giving back, but I plan to!

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  9. I love the idea of giving back and having your children being involved in the process. I think instead of just donating your childs toys/clothes it is good to explain and have your child help with the process. I just started a tradition of helping out a local shelter this year and brought my 3 year old with and he had so much fun giving them presents. I can't wait until my youngest is bigger and can be involved as well.

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  10. Stephanie w/ LifeCreatedJanuary 2, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    I totally believe in teaching kids to give back! We participate in the Angel Tree, and also donate to Goodwill often. We donate books to our library...as my kids grow, I want to do more!

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  11. My daughter is only four years old but we are already teaching her the importance of giving back!

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  12. I read this article for the second time. It inspires my heart again. I love that some are giving back. There is hope for the next generation.

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