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Children's House-Toledo

Cultivating a Spirit of Giving

Spirit of GivingLast week's First Thursday program, presented by Children's House teachers Wendi Rowland and Amy Wagner, focused on cultivating a child's Spirit of Giving. What can we do in the community to help our children learn to serve others? Here are a few suggestions:

  • bring flowers/cards to the residents of a nursing home-or just visit, older child could read
  • pick up trash in a park or anywhere you find it
  • clean your elderly neighbor’s yard
  • decorate pillow cases or make a tie blanket and bring to children in hospitals
  • write thank you notes when you receive something or just to say thank you to anyone
  • serve in a food bank or food kitchen
  • have fast food coupons to hand out if you see someone asking for money (or have a bag of non-perishable food items to give out)
  • hold the door open for the person behind you
  • help someone load their groceries into their car
  • bring your neighbor’s garbage can and recycling bin back to their garage door
  • visit an animal shelter
  • instead of getting birthday presents ask guests to bring food and toys to donate to an animal shelter or books to donate to a library
  • allow someone to go ahead of you in line
  • have your child ask the cashier what is her favorite candy bar and then have him find it, buy it and give it back to her

Be intentional and tell your child why you are doing this act of service! Follow their lead and find a way to build service opportunities based on what their interests are.