Do your kids want to stay inside and play video games all summer long? This isn’t a very productive way to spend time with family or enjoy the beautiful weather. Rather than staying in the house all day, you should motivate your children to volunteer! Philanthropy is an important lesson to teach young people. The concept helps them understand they are fortunate to have what they have and not everyone has the same toys, clothes, or home. Giving back to the community is a great way to bond and feel good about yourself.
As a parent, setting a good example for your family and practicing selflessness can make a difference in your life, your loved ones’ lives, and that of your community. Encourage acts of kindness and giving back not only this summer, but all year round. Here are some tips to get started:
- Donate your time to helping out your local food pantry. Many struggling individuals and families need to remain hydrated and nourished during the hot summer. Even donating cold bottles of water can make a difference.
- Teach your children not only be to kind to their siblings, but also other young children. This can extend to helping a younger child at the park, or teaching a friend to ride a bike.
- Bake with your kids and bring over some cookies or brownies to an elderly neighbor. Taking the time to appreciate your elders goes a long way.
- Help your kids organize their outgrown clothes and toys. Then, you can show them what to do in order to donate them. Get a large bag together and drive down to a drop box. Make sure the toys and clothes are suitable and safe to pass on to another person.
- Teach kids why littering is bad for the environment and their health. Also, if they see someone littering or find trash on the ground, show them it is okay to speak up and pick it up. However, let them know what items are not safe to touch and when to inform an adult.
- Volunteer at the local school this summer is a great way to give back. If the playground is falling apart of looks old, give it a makeover by painting it with bright colors.
At Dennis Collins Insurance Agency, we hope these tips help you make volunteering a lifelong lesson. Children don’t always realize others are less fortunate, but giving back to the community this summer can warm their hearts as well as those in need. Other forms of charitable donations include writing a check for an organization or even donating some of your life insurance policy to your favorite charity. How is this possible? Ask one of our friendly agents to assist you in this process. You can not only protect the financial future of your loved ones, but also help others in need as you leave your legacy.