The season for giving is upon us. Although the holidays are the most common time for people to donate to the less fortunate there are countless charities who work year-round to make the world a better place. Educating children about the many different types of charities and why each charity’s mission is important is essential to teaching them about social responsibility and what it means to be generous.
Charity is the act of helping people who are in need. In ancient times giving money to beggars was seen as an act of charity and, as society progressed, communities started institutions and organizations dedicated to caring for the needy. Charitable foundations, also known as non-profit organizations, can be dedicated to a variety of worthwhile causes and all readily accept donations.
The Red Cross and the Salvation Army aid disaster relief and donate clothes and goods to the poor. Kids In Distressed Situations (KIDS) is a global charity that delivers essential merchandise to communities in need. There are also an abundance of charities that are dedicated to health issues. Autism Speaks seeks to find ways to improve the lives of people with autism while the American Cancer Society seeks to help those with cancer. The Ronald McDonald House helps keep families together as a child battles illness. Make a Wish Foundation is dedicated to giving hope, strength and joy to children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses.
For animal lovers, both the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the American Humane Association seek to improve the lives of animals that would otherwise be strays, trapped in love-less homes, or in shelters. For those who love animals worldwide, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) works in one-hundred countries and is dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals in even the most disadvantaged places.
These are just a sample of all the wonderful charities that exist. There are many others that deal with issues such as human trafficking, making education available, supporting cultural arts and funding research for technological advancements. To see a list of charities visit Charitynavigator.org and search for a cause that resonates with you personally.
There are many kinds of charities with many different missions and each and every one of them has a substantial contribution for the betterment of society. Children should be taught about the different charities and their purposes in order to raise awareness of the various situations that people in the world face as well as instilling the benefits of giving and generosity.