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As a parent, it is your job to instill a sense of charitable giving in your children. Encouraging these acts of giving at a young age will support a lifetime of charitable actions for your family. Here are five charity opportunities for you to look into this year.
Organize a Toy Drive
One of the best ways to get your children involved in charity work is to pick a need that is relevant to them. What better way to do this than to organize a toy drive for needy children? While the holidays are a particularly timely season of the year to get this done, you can organize a toy drive at any time of the year.
Or you can use your child’s birthday as an occasion to organize this drive. Simply request that the guests of the birthday party refrain from bringing gifts to your child and instead bring toys to donate to children in need. This is a great way to involve your community of friends and family in the process while letting your child take ownership of the project.
Donate Your Goods
Chances are, you have loads of valuable items lying around your house that you no longer use. Just because you no longer find it useful, it does not mean that other families in need will not. As a bonus, this is a great opportunity to declutter your house.
There is no limit to the things that you can donate to charity. Clothes, furniture, and household goods are always in demand. You can even donate your vehicle. When looking for reputable car donation charities, be sure to verify that it has a 501 (c) (3) status so that you can claim it as a tax deduction.
Hit the Ground Running
You can kill two birds with one stone by signing up for a family fun run that raises money for charity. Not only will you be a part of something larger than yourself, but you can also use the opportunity to get in shape. In the weeks leading up to the run, design a training plan for your family to follow. This will encourage physical fitness while also providing a great bonding opportunity for everyone in your family.
If this is a positive experience for your family, consider volunteering at one of these runs in the future. There are numerous volunteer positions that need to be filled in order to pull off a road race, making this a good way to get your family involved.
Charity Starts at Home
Many families think too broadly when it comes to giving back. While it is certainly noble to want to give your money and time to global organizations, it is important to remember that charity truly does start at home. Start with your smaller neighborhood and find ways that you can give back within that circle.
For example, maybe you have elderly neighbors that could use your help. Running errands for them, mowing their lawns, and bringing them meals are all easy ways that you can give back to this vulnerable population. Or perhaps you want to organize a neighborhood cleanup project? All of these little acts of kindness add up in big ways to the health and happiness of your local community.
Volunteer at a Food Bank
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis shed light on the importance of local food banks. As more people leaned on these services to put food on their tables, the need for volunteers to pull it off skyrocketed.
There are a number of ways that you can get involved in your local food bank. The most obvious way is to simply commit yourself to donate food on a regular basis. Be sure to ask the organization what types of food are most in need. You can also take this one step further by volunteering your family’s time to work at the food bank. There is always a need for people to sort and distribute the food.
There is no shortage of ways that you can give back as a family. These five ideas are just the beginning of the ways that you can make a positive difference in your community and in the world around you.