One thing that I have always dreamed about for my family is to have the opportunity to bring them to different parts of the world so that they can begin to understand that we are very blessed and that they can be a blessing to others.
It is important to my husband and I that our children are raised knowing that much of the world’s population is not able to meet their own daily needs, and that my children have the ability to help meet those needs and make a difference in this world.
Though we are very blessed, it is not always feasible to make a trip to a third world country happen, but I don’t believe that should stop us from instilling these values in our children now.
During the month of November, we love to participate in “Operation Christmas Child.” We always watch a promotional video on the internet to show our children the kids receiving the gifts.
After we have discussed it, we take them shopping and let them choose toys and practical supplies to fill a shoe box, which we can then drop off to a participating church to be sent around the globe. From our own city we can impact the life of another child.
Another great way to help from home is to participate in “Dress a Girl Around the World.” Using a simple pattern, you and your kids can sew a pillow case dress and send it to be distributed to impoverished girls globally. Often times these dresses are the only ones a child will ever own. It is a wonderfully hands on and practical way to get your family involved in helping others.
Though we ideally want our children to help with their hands, sometimes that isn’t a possibility and a donation of money is much more helpful. They can still contribute some of their own money or help choose what, as a family, to sacrifice in order to send money to those in need. An area of massive need right now is the Philippines due to devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. You can donate to various organizations to provide relief aid.