Giving Back as a Family

Summer vacation is not only for summer fun. It’s also the perfect time to work with our kids on developing good giving habits. Here are some simple things you can do as a family to help instill a personal ethic of giving back.

Donate Gently-Used Clothing. Just as you go through your closet and drawers periodically, teach your children to do the same. Work with them and encourage them to select clothing and toys they would like to donate to those who need them. Then, pack them up and take them to a charity such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army.

Be Neighborly. Everyone has a neighbor who could use a helping or caring hand. Bake cookies for someone who lives alone, or help with light yardwork. The key is being alert to the need and filling it.

Help the Animals. Shelters are always looking for donations of food or clean bedding. Check with your local shelter to determine what they may need and work with your children to purchase and deliver the needed supplies.

Pick a Charity. Work with your children to select a nonprofit you can all get behind. Put out a labeled jar and collect donations over a period of time. Once you donate the contents, start again by picking a different charity or continuing to support your preferred one. offers more ways to make a difference as a family.

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