The giving game
Jill asks: My daughter would like to donate the contents of her money box to a charity.
I really want to take her to one in person, rather than doing it online, so she can be a part of the process. But I am finding it increasingly challenging to find information on where we can do this — none of them seem to want to interact in person.
Any ideas? Barefoot answers: I think there are more meaningful ways to teach giving than handing over cash.
Instead, my experience is that food is the perfect way to teach your kids about giving. Every kid knows what it’s like to be hungry — you can’t concentrate and you’re irritable until you eat.
So, you can explain that on a typical day roughly three kids in her class will arrive at school hungry or without having eaten breakfast, according to Foodbank. (This explains why about 1750 schools across the country have breakfast clubs.)
You can also explain that just because you can’t see their tummies rumbling, it doesn’t mean they’re not hungry.
Food is a powerful metaphor for kids and, even better, your kid has the chance to do something about it. Last year charities across Australia had to turn away 65,000 hungry people each
month because there wasn’t enough food to go around.
But there’s no need to start feeding the masses bread and fish like a motivated messiah.
Instead, when you’re next walking around the supermarket, ask your kids, “What can we buy for hungry people?” You can donate things like canned foods, spreads, coffee, flour, sugar and baby food. Have your kids bring along some money from their Give Jar so they can buy food with their own money, and then on the way home you can drop it off at a Foodbank warehouse, or a community charity that distributes food in your area (you can find their contact details from your council).
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