5 ways to teach your children about giving back: There’s no better time than the present hurricane
Houston may seem 3000 miles away, but the devastation of Hurricane Harvey is impacting lots of families and is very real. For those of us who are fortunate enough to have woken up today without worrying about the safety of our children and home, it’s a great opportunity to support those displaced while teaching kids about the importance of helping those less fortunate.
Brainstorming ways you can help may be at the top of your mind, but your child may be largely unaware of this natural disaster. Having an open and honest discussion about what’s happening to those affected by the hurricane is a great place to start, but for those who want to do more, we recommend the following kid-friendly ways to help.
1. If your kid has a birthday coming up it’s a great time to set up a Goalsetter account and ask for donations to Hurricane Harvey victims.
2. Even for the winter holidays ahead – it’s the perfect time to let friends and family know to donate instead of purchasing physical gifts for the holiday season. The amount of money required to repair the devastation will be monumental, and the people of Texas will need help for weeks and months to come, so raising money between now and the end of the year is perfectly fine
3. Once your child has achieved a specific amount, consider donating the money to these reputable charities:
- The American Red Cross
- Donate to Feeding Texas, a network of food banks across the state.
- Make a cash or diaper donation to the Texas Diaper Bank, which is providing emergency diaper kits to displaced families.
- Donate cash or supplies for children with complex medical needs to Little Lobbyists.
- Donate to Driscoll Children’s Hospital – a Children’s Hospital directly in the path of Hurricane Harvey.
4. In addition to cash donations, it’s important for children to learn the value of giving other items: such as time and supplies. Here are a few non-monetary ways you can demonstrate to your child the importance of giving.
- Donate non-perishable food items to food banks in your area. You can find your local food bank here.
- Take your child along while you donate blood. Anytime natural disaster strikes, blood becomes in high demand, and there are never enough donors.
- Consider opening your home to a displaced Houston-ite via Airbnb.
- Don’t forget about our four-legged family also affected by this disaster. You can donate to pet recovery relief here.
5. The important thing to remember is that when it comes to teaching children empathy and concern for others, it’s best to lead by example. What better time to get involved than when the nation needs it most?
Set up a goal for Hurricane Harvey victims and share your goals here.
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