Friday, December 18, 2009

'Tis the Season for Giving (Part II)

From Devin Hermanson, a charitable giving expert and national director of World Vision’s Gift Catalog, come these tips for involving your children in giving to those less fortunate this holiday season.

"The holiday season can be a stressful time of year. There are gifts to purchase and wrap, cookies to bake, and family and friends to visit, but when we pause to help our neighbors in need, we all experience Christmas in a more meaningful way," says Hermanson.

Five ways for parents to teach children
the true spirit of the holidays

  1. As a family, select a charitable organization you'd like to support. Use online tools like Charity Navigator to find an organization that you trust. Give your children a budget and encourage them to decide how your family will donate to that organization this holiday.
  2. Cherish the stories of your family. Have your children talk to their grandparents and write down the stories of their past. Create a book to share with the entire family or record it online through Story Corps.
  3. Consider do-it-yourself gifts, like no-sew fleece blankets, that you can make with your children. Donate those blankets to a local homeless shelter. Find other homemade gift ideas at’s Family Crafts page.
  4. Work with your children to create a coupon book for your neighbors that might need an extra hand this year. Coupons could include shoveling their sidewalk, watching their children, or providing a meal.
  5. Bake cookies or sweets with your children and deliver them to your local nursing home or school-in-need. Start with this list of holiday recipes.


Anonymous said...

i really like the website microplace where you can give a microfinance loan to anyone in the world so they can start their own business and land on their own feet. reminds me of the quote "dont give someone a fish but teach them how to fish" (?..) i had heard about the website over the weekend from there have also been articles recently in the news that giving microfinance loans to women in countries like india really change a community

Anonymous said...

Great post. Christmas is a great time of year. I love seeing people with the spirit! Thanks for spreading the joy!

Here’s a recent article I particularly enjoyed on Christmas joy:

I’d love to see more. Thanks!


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