(Inside: Teach your kids to give from the heart using the once-a-month strategy.)
I kept hearing about Feed My Starving Children. It seems like everyone around here has helped pack food – except us.
My neighbor knows our family is on a “giving and serving more” journey, so when her church decided to sign up for a slot at Feed My Starving Children, she asked if we wanted to join. It was an easy, “yes.” (If you missed the start of our journey, read here.)
It. Was. Awesome.
First, there was a small video and introduction that explained how hungry children are and what Feed My Starving Children does to help. The video showed a picture of mud pies that people actually eat! When the picture flashed on the screen, I thought it was peanut butter. Tears came to my eyes when it was explained that there is a process to make dirt eatable. Heartbreaking.
Then we went into the warehouse and packed food. When the food was neatly boxed and ready to be shipped, we prayed over it.
It was a wonderful experience for my family.
My oldest son kept saying how awesome packing food was. My middle was a bored with constantly dumping the vegetables into the packages and ready to go home after about five minutes. But later, when I was tucking him into bed he told me he thought Feed My Starving Children was cool.
The experience was cool. It was even awesome. We will definitely be doing it again.
|Our family’s Once-a-Month Giving/Service Projects was featured on parenting.com. (This blog’s original name was Since I Became a Mom before it became Empowered Moms and Kids.)|
If you decide to take use this giving strategy, remember this is YOUR THING. Do what God places on YOUR HEART. Whatever works, big or little. Your family will be moved by however you decide to extend your hand. And hopefully, so will the people you give to.
Read what parenting.com says about the benefits of teaching kids to give:
“The benefits of actively fostering children’s charitable impulses are enormous. Besides helping counter the overdeveloped ‘gimme’ impulse, it gives kids a powerful boost in self-esteem to realize they can make a difference in someone’s life. ‘And as corny as it sounds,’ says Patricia Schiff Estess, a New York City writer and the author of Kids, Money & Values, ‘when you help a child help others, you are helping to create a better world.'”
Favorite eye-opening books that nudged me to see the amazing part of God’s work that we can do daily. Exciting stuff we get to be a part of.
Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, educator, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration in parenting, family connection ideas, encouragement for moms, and more empowering content. Read more in the “about” section of this page.