Maybe I am just more aware these days, but over the past month I have been touched by so many news stories and personal experiences about children giving in incredible ways.
- On NBC Nightly news they highlighted a 3rd Grader who lead his class to raise money for a PlayPump water purification system for a school in Africa.
- Several young girls here in Mooresville, one only 8-years-old, recently donated 18″ of their precious hair for Locks of Love.
- I was on a panel of judges for our local high schools senior projects and I heard about 4 different student projects: Child Abuse, Poverty, Bullying in Schools and the Morning After Pill.
- On the Internet when I searched children giving I got pages and pages of articles talking about everything from a National Day of Service, donations of canned goods, used books, letters to soldiers, Project Just Because and the Food Pantry.
Wouldn’t it be great if all children were inspired to give?
Last month I shared with a young Mom friend of mine about Mothers Fighting for Others and Saint Monica’s. We talked about how most children today grow up with so many toys. I told her I had heard of children asking all of their birthday party guests to bring something for a specific charity rather than a present. And, I shared with her that I had just made a $50 donation to the World Wildlife Federation in my daughter’s name and that she then was able to choose which animal she wanted to help and got a stuffed toy of that animal. (She loved it!)
My friend emailed me just a few days later to tell me excitedly that her daughter’s Christmas money was going to be donated to charity! She was inspired after just a one unintentional conversation.
This is the power of Mothers talking to and inspiring other Mothers. There are myriad opportunities and ideas for how children can give back. Moms are so busy that on their own they probably don’t even think about how their children can help others. If we can just plant the seed and share a few ideas, I have a feeling we will be amazed at the speed at which these ideas spread.
Imagine if a child grows up learning to give and help others how that might impact the future!