Christmas time seems to bring out the worst case of the “gimmes” in my kids. Their wish list gets longer by the day. I have been quite discouraged that they haven’t seemed to grasp the concept that it really is better to give than receive. So this holiday season we have really been focusing on being thankful for what we have and giving back to others.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of America share my sentiments. They have recently launched their 2nd Annual Give the Gift of a Great Future Holiday Campaign. I hope that you and your kids will take a moment to visit their Give the Gift of a Great Future website. It contains many wonderful interactive features and is a wealth of information on helping your kids learn to give back to their community.
While you are there, I hope you will play the Giving Game which allows you to easily donate a gift to a Club this season. It’s simple and fun to play and you just might win a gift that will be donated to a deserving child. Your kids will have fun with this one!
While you are visiting the website, I hope you will also take a moment to vote in the Kids Give Back Contest. You can vote for your favorite Boys and Girls Club service project. It only takes a minute and the winning project will receive a $2500 grant. Local Boys and Girls Clubs are regularly encouraged to give back to their communities. In fact Club kids nationwide have given over 1 million hours of community service. Isn’t that amazing?
My favorite part of the Give the Gift of a Great Future website is their Give Your Kids the Gift of Giving page where they share 10 great tips for encouraging a giving spirit in your children. I encourage you to check it out.
I love their tip to volunteer as a family. Children learn by observing their parents. If the child sees that giving back is important to their parents, then it will become important to them as well. You could easily put this into practice over the holiday season by volunteering as a family at a local food pantry, taking a home cooked meal to a shut-in from your church, or reading to local residents at a nursing home.
This time of year, it is so easy to get caught up in hustle and bustle of all the holiday preparations. I hope that you will take a few moments to look through the Give the Gift of a Great Future website and talk to your kids about giving back. Hopefully it will reinforce the true spirit of the holiday in your children and keep those “gimmes” away.
If you would like to share how your family is giving back this holiday season, or if you want to share your experiences with a Boys and Girls Club, please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you. I wish all my readers a joyous holiday season!
Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Boys and Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.