5 Innovative ways to Encourage your Children to Do Charity

“You will discover that you have two hands. One is for helping yourself and the other is for helping others.” – Audrey Hepburn. Audrey Hepburn who was a British actress and humanitarian.  She was widely recognized as a film and fashion icon and beautifully remarked on charity that how one should not only help oneself but also help others as that is what ultimately counts. In this increasing world of despair, following a pandemic, natural disasters and economic crises. It has never been more pressing than before to help and raise the children of this generation as good human beings with great generosity and compassion. As today the world needs these qualities like never before. So to encourage the children to acquire the habit of charity, the following ideas can be practiced to cherish the spirit of charity

Donate Clothes:

A habit can be developed of going now and then through the closets to root out the clothes which do not fit in anymore or the one’s which are not worn in a while. The same can be given to organizations such as Salvation Army or Goodwill, which provides these clothes to the needy. Along the process, it should be made a point to keep the children involved as it will also motivate them to do the same. One should also take care to not only encourage but also assist them while they also do the same. Because there may arise many questions in their little curious mind while indulging in this activity.

To maximize the effect or get most out of this activity one should take the children with them while distributing the goods to a charitable organization or the beneficiaries directly

Help Neighbors:

Helping others is also a form of a charity and the same can be achieved by regularly engaging in a service-oriented project or community service programs. There they will receive first hand experience of helping someone in person by not just donating things but putting in efforts and helping them through their skills and their unique ways. It can range from helping the neighborhood elderly couples or the baking cookies or bread for a serviceman or the homeless people and feed them at the homeless feeding station in the community.

Make Birthdays Charitable:

Birthdays can be a very good opportunity, where one can make out time for others by urging the friends and guests to help in charity by bringing a book or dress (new or used) which is to be donated to charity or the beneficiaries directly. But this should be accompanied by short and meaningful talks to the children about what they have and others don’t, and explaining them need to give to the lesser blessed by celebrating charitable birthdays. But it’s of utmost importance to involve them in the decision making of whether or not to give the books or the goods and if yes then whom to give. As it’ll help them to decide to whom they should help as well think who needs their help the most. Organizations like ME to WE, founded in 2009 by Craig Kielburger and his brother, strive to provide economic opportunity in WE Village communities and a sustainable source of funding for WE Charity. ME to WE has grown into a global force for good.

Make a Charity Diary:

Another innovative way to encourage them to do charity work is to ask them to maintain a charity diary. They can be asked to record the charity which they have made, also they can be assisted by pasting their photos of doing the noble. In addition to this, children have a very innovative and creative mind. Therefore they can also be encouraged to write down their own innovative and unique ways in which they want to help others. This can also boost their spirit and keep them going in the long run, as whenever they will have a look at this diary they’ll not only feel good about themselves but will also feel motivated to do it again.

Movies and Books on Charity:

Movies and books have a profound impact on the minds of children. Showing them the movies and giving them the storybooks to read and think upon can leave deep and positive imprints on their lives for the rest of their lives. This will ensure that they get inspired and motivated by the characters in the movies and will try to act and become generous and compassionate like them.