Charity work your kids can do
With the festive season nearly upon us, it’s a great time to encourage children to look beyond their own needs and spend some time helping others. Kids can get involved from a very young age and the smallest gesture can make all the difference. Don’t forget to lead by example!
Fundraising can be a creative and challenging exercise for kids. From getting sponsorship for a fun run or another physical challenge, through to organising a cake sale, car wash or bring-and-buy sale at school, there are many original and fun ways that entrepreneurial children can raise some pennies. Check out these ideas for inspiration.
Charity shops are always grateful for donations, so every once in a while get your child to go through their belongings and pick some old clothes and toys they no longer want. Take them with you to drop them off and most charities will email you with the amount of money that has been raised from your sales so you can show your child.
Volunteering can be a really worthwhile and enjoyable. If your children are young, volunteering as a family can also be a great way to spend time together. Think about local projects, such as visiting elderly neighbours, helping with their shopping or walking their dogs or tending a community garden. Go to Do-it.org, to find volunteering opportunities near you.
Start a charity
Is your child passionate about something? Tell them the story of Hannah Taylor, a child who set up The Ladybug Foundation, aged just five, to help homeless people. They will need help from you to get started launching their charity. Check out these ‘how-to’ Government guidelines.
Do you encourage your child to do charity work? If so, we’d love to hear about it (& see pics of course!) Simply comment below to tell us your story.