Today is Giving Tuesday 2013 and I along with all the #GivingTuesday partners are encouraging everyone to spend with a purpose not only now but throughout the year. Giving Tuesday has brought together individuals, families, charities and businesses to transform how people think, talk and participate in the giving season.
I know as a family we have way too much. We need to make ourselves and our children more aware of the needs of others around the world and in our own backyard. My hope is to inspire my community and beyond to take action to improve your local communities, give back to charities and causes they support and to help create a better world. I personally think there is not a better gift than that!
Here are some ways as a family you can support #GivingTuesday throughout the holidays and beyond.
Girls on the Run - The Girls on the Run programs are for girls ages eight to thirteen years old. The programs combine training for 5k runs with self-esteem enhancing uplifting workouts. The goals of the programs are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development. To learn more go to girlsontherun.org
Enchanted Makeovers - Parents can help their child decorate a pillow that will be donated to shelters for women and children. By doing this, it makes a child's part time home a bit more special and its something easy for your child to do at home. To learn more go to the Enchanted Makeovers website.
Lemonade Stand - Children love to put together Lemonade Stands. Instead of keeping the cash for yourself you can donate the money to the charity of your child's choice. Check out the Lemonade Stand we did for Shot@Life.
Food Banks - As a family take time to go to a food bank or give to a food drive. It's also a very rewarding and eye opening experience for children if they can donate time to help make and serve food to those in need. Here is our experience with working at a soup kitchen.
Help Local Charities - Got a friend or family member with a charity? Share with your child how they are giving back and how you can help too. When you can make a personal connection it really helps your child understand why their donation really helps. Here are two of our local favorites started by friends of ours - The Kolbe Fund which helps families stay at local hotels when their child is having treatment at CHOP. The Kolody Fund was started by a 8 year old little girl to help raise awareness of childhood Type 1 Diabetes. When you make a donation she will personally send you a loom bracelet.
Purchase Gifts that Give Back - There are so many great businesses that work with charities so proceeds go back to those in need. Here is just a sample of what you can purchase to help others. These gifts these would be perfect for teachers, friends and families.
Soft Hands Kind Hearts is this amazing lotion from The Body Shop. When purchasing this product you can show support for children and young people victimized by sex trafficking.
Give and Take Tees - I love these. The message on the vintage tees ignite a positive response and to encourage activism in a hip and stylish manner. Best of all you can choose the cause you want to support when purchasing a tee.
Lush Charity Pot Hand and Body Cream - is not only a great handmade lotion but when you purchase their charity pot cream you can choose a group focused on environmental conservation, animal welfare, humanitarian issues or other causes and it gets 100% of proceeds from the sale. If your cause isn't on the list then you can even email the company with the organization of your choice to Lush.
Feed Bags - No these are not for animals! These fun bags & apparel can be purchased at various stores and online. When purchasing a Feed Bag, proceeds go to the Feed Foundation which is dedicated to supporting programs and organizations that are working to fight hunger and eliminate malnutrition throughout the world.
If you need more inspiration check out Kids Korp. The Kids Korp program is designed to teach children about donating their time for great causes. Their mission is to instill america's youth the spirit of giving while providing valuable education in leadership and responsibility. Go to Kidskorps.org for more information.
To learn more about Giving Tuesday go to the website, follow on Facebook & Twitter and when sharing with your own communities don't forget to use the hastag #GivingTuesday
I'd love to learn what you are doing this holiday season to give back with your families - please share within the comments.
Posted by Trina O'Boyle. Posted In : O'Boy! Giving Back