Helping others is easy and rewarding! And what a better time for generosity than the holidays!
I wanted to get my daughter involved in this year, but I didn’t know if she was too young. Come to find out, she is not too young at all to partake!
Here are some helpful tips on how to get your child to participate.
• Include giving as part of activities that your tot looks forward to. What is the one event that your tot looks forward to every year? Their birthday, of course! A great example would be to have your child donate one gift of their chose to a local charity.
• Make the child feel appreciated. Let them know you are proud of them and share what they have done with others.
• Make giving a family affair. Children like to replicate their parents so they are more likely to get involved if you do too.
• Allow your child to choose the charity. Present them with options they would enjoy and would understand.
Below are some great charities in the Boston area. By contributing, you can make a child’s holiday a little brighter.
Cradles to Crayons – The Giving Factory – http://cradlestocrayons.org
The Mission: Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.
Boston Children’s Hospital – http://giving.childrenshospital.org
The Mission: It’s the kids. We do it for the kids. You can help us—care for our young patients and their families; make discoveries that change children’s lives; expand our healing reach to urban communities; educate the next generation of top pediatric physicians and nurses.
Big Brother Big Sister Foundation – http://www.bbbsfoundation.org
The Mission: We turn old clothing and household items into treasure! And what greater treasure exists than the future of a child?
Have you ever wished you could give back to your community, but couldn’t find the time? With the Big Brother Big Sister Foundation, making a difference has never been easier! Through our “Clean Up Clutter for a Good Cause” campaign, cleaning out your home serves the community at the same time.
You just clean out clutter and bag it. Then we pick up your donations (like old clothes, shoes, small toys and household items) right at your doorstep. And to make things even easier, you receive a friendly reminder to notify you when we’re picking up in your town.
We then turn your used clothing, jeans and small household items into cash and donate up to 100% of the net profits to mentoring programs throughout the Greater Boston area. In fact, your donations help to provide more than 5,000 children with adult mentors.
Boston Children’s Foundation – Building Violence-Free Communities Through Active Healing Experiences http://www.bostoncf.org
The Mission: The Boston Children’s Foundation (BCF) is committed to ending the trauma that perpetuates a culture of fear, maladaptation and violence by turning youth’s natural energy towards healing activities, social empathy and positive relationships. Drawing on its founders’ decades of research, field application, and successful intervention in trauma psychology, BCF enters into partnerships with key allies locally and internationally to deliver active healing experiences for a child’s wholeness and a community’s health.
The Home for Little Wanderers – Strong families. Strong life. – http://www.thehome.org/site/PageServer
The Mission: Our mission is to ensure the healthy behavioral, emotional, social and educational development and physical well-being of children and families living in at-risk circumstances.
Stand Up For Kids – http://www.standupforkids.org/boston/default.aspx
The Mission – The mission of StandUp For Kids is ending the cycle of youth homelessness.
Horizon for Homeless Children – http://www.horizonsforhomelesschildren.org
The Mission – Our mission is to improve the lives of young homeless children in Massachusetts and help their families succeed by providing high-quality early education, opportunities for play, and comprehensive family support services. To support our mission, we also advocate on behalf of young children, train educators and human services providers, and provide research on the impact of early education on homeless children.
Happy Holidays to all!
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ~ Lao Tzu