This post is inspired from a birthday invitation that Reece received from an eight-(soon to be nine)-year old girl. Enclosed with the invite was a letter typed up from the birthday girl’s mother…..
For the past few Holiday seasons, Clarissa and I have been saying how we would like to take Reece to see those who are less fortunate than us. Lend a hand at food pantry or a homeless shelter, something along those lines.
Not only does this help with whatever organization we would be assisting but it would also give us some much needed perspective. While we sit in our warm houses crushing candy on the many iDevices that we own, others are doing whatever they can to keep warm and not starve. An experience like that would undoubtedly make us feel a little more gratitude for the things we have.
Reece’s friend wants to help animals . At least as far as this birthday is concerned. Who knows what she’ll think of next? It doesn’t matter to me if it’s animals or people, it’s the idea that is important. The idea of helping others as opposed to receiving birthday presents. Not only that but the fact that she wants to do this without expecting a thank you. She is doing this out of the kindness of her heart and I praise her for that.
This is the type of behavior our society and our communities need from our children. The kids are looking to their peers for someone to lead them. Let’s allow this little girl to start something. Let’s follow in her footsteps. Suggest a similar idea to your child at his or her next birthday.
When the Holidays role around this year, try to do something with your kids or nieces or nephews to help the homeless. Or pay a visit to the elderly, especially those who may not have much family around. And by all means, consider adopting an animal from the SPCA or other similar organization as opposed to going to a pet store.
On a side note, Clarissa recently met with a friend and discussed this very topic. Getting the children involved in community affairs. We want to show them that there is more to life than iPods and Xbox. Teach our kids that, believe it or not, they are NOT the center of the universe. There is a world that exists out there and in many cases for many unfortunate people, it is miserable place.
But within each of us we have the power to help at least a little bit.
One person has the potential to brighten someone’s day. Imagine the power of our combined efforts.
Let myself or Clarissa know if you are interested in getting your children active in the community.
Do you have any suggestions for how kids can volunteer in the community?