Tips – How To Give Your Kids “The Gift Of Giving” and Help Boys and Girls Clubs of America!

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Do you remember what gifts you received last Christmas?  If you’re like me, you probably received some great presents, but what you remember more than the gifts is the time you spent with those you love.  Of course it’s fun to get the latest toy (ie tech device  for me!), but what we really remember and treasure is the look on a child’s face when they hear, “Silent Night” at church on Christmas.  Or your grandparents joy when you visit them at the holidays.  Or the surprised look on your loved one’s face when you give a gift that is exactly what they wanted – but didn’t ask for.

That’s what I would like to teach my daughter – that true joy is found in sharing time and giving.  Not the gifts, not the material things, but giving of and from your heart.  Do you feel the same way?  What do you do, how do you teach that?  Boys and Girls Clubs of America call it, “Give your kids the gift of giving.”  They’ve put together a list of tips on how to teach your children the value of giving back.  Here are the first five.  Please visit their website to read more.

  1. Talk about giving. Tell your kids which causes you’re supporting this year and why. Better yet, make the choice together. Or give each child a portion of what you plan to donate this year and allow him or her to choose the charity.
  2. Read books about giving. Try The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen, I Can Make a Difference by Julie and Amanda Sexson or a selection from Learning to Give’s Annotated Bibliography of Children’s Literature.
  3. Volunteer together. Whether serving a meal at a soup kitchen or lending a hand at an animal shelter, volunteering helps kids learn compassion – and it’s a great way for families to spend time together. Check with your child’s school, your religious institution, a local Boys & Girls Club or The Volunteer Family for project ideas.
  4. Encourage routine volunteering. Contributing regularly to an organization they choose can be meaningful, showing kids that they have the power to make a difference. This is especially true for teens. Support them by providing transportation or extra allowance for expenses, if needed.
  5. Do something fun, like cooking or an art project. Even very young children can make cards for senior center residents or help you bake a tasty treat for a neighbor. These are perfect ways to have fun while thinking about others.

A theme that permeates all the tips is to combine giving back and do something together with your family.  A two-fer, so to speak.  You gain family time and the lesson is better taught when it is done by example. We read the list of tips and were struck right away by #5.  Do something fun like cooking or an art project.  How fun to do a holiday craft and then give the result to a senior center?!  Because of the timing, it worked out that we packed up a kit of art supplies and headed over to the senior center and actually did the crafts there!


Easy and Fun To Make Christmas Ornaments

Coffee filters


Assorted Embellishments ( Stars, Glitter, Pom Poms, Stickers, etc.)

Hole Punch


Fold and flatten a white coffee filter.  Using the markers and embellishments create patterns or drawings of holiday themes.  Punch a hole in the top, use a ribbon to make a hanger.


For years,Boys and Girls Clubs of America has provided young people with a safe place to play, have fun, laugh and learn.  Instead of spending time alone or on the streets, young people have the opportunity to build new skills and make friends in a positive environment.    What can you do to help Boys and Girls Club? Here’s something easy and free!

Boys & Girls Clubs of America is proud to launch our first holiday Giving Game. From Nov. 12 – Dec. 31, the public can participate in an interactive game where playing equals giving. Every time a player selects the correct box, a donation will be made to a Boys & Girls Club. Available gifts include:

  • $1 donations to the Boys & Girls Club membership fund, up to $10,000. Clubs will use funds for membership outreach and scholarships
  • Up to 5,800 art kits
  • Up to 6,000 plantable book marks

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To read about some of the projects of Boys & Girls Clubs, go to their website’s Kids Give Back photo contest (and don’t forget to vote for your favorite)!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  All opinions are my own, unless otherwise stated.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.

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