Help Make a Difference in the World with a Family Giving Box
We began the tradition of Giving Boxes when our two oldest girls were 6 and 4. We wanted to find a simple hands on way of helping them understand the importance of giving to those less fortunate and thus spawned our idea for the Giving Box. Every week our girls earn a $3 allowance by doing small age appropriate chores around the house . The first dollar is for their “purses” or own personal spending. The second dollar is for what we call their “education” savings (right now it is simply a small bank they keep in their bedroom). The third dollar is for the Giving Box. We collect our weekly dollars and as opportunities arise such as the Toys for Tots campaign during the holidays, or the Hat and Mitten tree at our church, or the local food drive for the homeless shelter we take the dollars from the box and go to the store to make our purchases. As a family we then deliver them where they need to go. We have found by actually letting the girls use the dollars to purchase physical items such as toys, clothing, or food and by letting them participate in the delivery they have a better understanding of how they can help. Remember, the dollar amount isn’t what is important, but rather the sense of compassion you are inspiring in your children by teaching them to set aside some of their “earnings” for those less fortunate.