The Value of Giving

I believe that it important for everyone to understand the lesson of charity and how we as a society must ensure that everyone is provided for at a bare minimum. For this to occur, I truly think it starts at home with parents and how they relay such important messages to their children. As the saying goes, ‘charity begins at home’. That goes for learning about the spirit of charity, what it entails, and how we all benefit from the act of giving.

 

There are so many horrific things occurring all over the world that I sometimes feel as if I could do more. The reality is that there is only so much any of us can do, but at the end of the day, every bit helps. You never know how much it means to someone that doesn’t have anything and you cannot put a price on things of this nature. By teaching children about charity, they understand as early on as possible how to feel about events that affect others, what they can do to help, and learning the fundamental components of empathy.

 

When I see catastrophes all over the world on television, I am inclined to let my children know about it and then ask them the ways they think they could be of assistance. With the world smaller than ever before, it is possible to impact people from the other side of the world with a click. There are many ways to aid, including volunteering at a charity, writing a check or sending money via Paypal, or mailing dry goods, if necessary. What I take away from disasters is that we can view it as a time to test the human condition and use love and healing and togetherness to overcome adversity. The following are just a few of the ways that we can all pitch in and give a helping hand to those in need.

 

Donating Clothes

clothes in a box

Why throw those old clothes out when there is someone somewhere in the world in need? What I usually do these days is take clothes to the Goodwill or Salvation Army in my neighborhood when they have not been worn in quite some time or my children have outgrown them. I even tell them to set aside things they don’t want anymore or are too small so they can get in on the act and understand the value of it all. I also tell my children that other kids are not and fortunate as they are to have toys and that they should also consider adding these to the list as well. This teaches kids the value of money and how giving can be a blessing for both parties. For the best benefits of this, I even take my kids with me at the charity drop-off points so that they can see the direct impact of their charity.

Helping Neighbors

 

Community helps all of its members and in our neighborhood, I take my kids around and introduce them to elderly people that may need a few things done around their homes that they can no longer do. That includes mowing the yard, gathering mail, and helping them around time too if need be. When I make dishes for my neighbors, I get my kids to help out and then deliver the things around the blocks near our home.

 

Donating Blood

woman in the hospital

I’ve been donating blood since I was in college, and this gift of life is so precious that few people understand how vital it is to communities. I now take my children with me when I donate and let them know that when they are older, they can make the decision to donate as well and help other people out that need this lifeline.