It’s never too early (or too late) to encourage your family toward a philanthropic mindset. Even the smallest gift can make a massive difference in other people’s lives, and we’re not necessarily talking about money. The gift of time or gently-used goods can show children of all ages how crucial it is to feel empathy, give back, and occasionally immerse themselves in the needs of others.
Beginning the tradition of giving doesn’t have to be too involved or overthought; it might help to pay close attention to what your child sees in the world around them and go from there. If you want to help your family see and feel the joy that comes with acts of service, here are a few options you might consider.
Choose A Cause
Make a list of local (or global, why not?) causes that you believe in as a family. Ask your kids what charities they would like to support so they will take ownership of the effort required to help the organization. Whether advocating for animals without homes or raising awareness for breast cancer, you can participate in local events and fundraisers to help you feel at one with your community while making a difference.
Give and Give
On birthdays and holidays, you might consider giving your child a gift and then asking them to donate one of their gently-used toys or games to a local charity. While many kids are lucky enough to have plenty to play with, others are not so lucky. Why not make it a habit to give when we have the opportunity to? A perfect example of giving is Toys for Tots, although the organization only accepts new and unused toys, this is a great way to establish giving especially to those with lesser means.
Adopt a Family
If you have the means to do so, adopt a family in need, or an elderly person(s) at a nursing home and get neighbors and the community involved to help seniors feel loved and special. Even donating a few small gifts to your local church or toy drive can help your whole family see how even the smallest act of kindness can create a massive ripple of gratitude.
Giving as a Family
Giving as a family can bring you closer together. There is nothing quite like the feeling of knowing you made a difference. Giving makes people happy, both the giver and the receiver, and can promote feelings of social connection.
EMN can Help
Even if you’re not sure where to begin, EMN is a great place to start. By joining, you can make a difference with as little as $50 and help nonprofits focus on their mission of assisting their communities. By becoming a member, you can begin by utilizing EMN benefits with partners such as Bochy’s Box, which aids in the rescue and reintegration of sex trafficking victims. A one-time purchase or subscription box can be a thoughtful gift for a loved one while also making a difference.
There are many reasons and ways to establish a tradition of giving this holiday season, and the long-lasting psychological and physical benefits are undeniable. If you’re ready to give back but unsure where to start, visit our website to become a member and shop with Bochy’s Box