(Inside: How to teach your kids to give from the heart.)
Our family has been working on sharing Jesus’ love by giving and serving more. If you want to read the start of our journey and why we decided to do this, click here.
I had in my head what I wanted to do this month, but then I got invited to go to a Shoot-a-Thon Adoption Fundraiser by a family from our church.
We don’t really know the family raising money very well, but I used to work with this family’s mother/grandmother. She shared with me a little about their adoption journey. She told me about how after hearing the story of two kids wishing to be adopted, this family was deeply moved and felt called to adopt these two children.
For about a year, this family has been trying to raise the $50,000+ that it costs to bring these kids home. This family has two biological kids, a son, and daughter, and the kids decided to fundraise by asking people pledge money for the number of baskets they shot. They shot baskets for eight hours!
That is dedication. That is the sign of kids that understand that sometimes sharing God’s love requires sacrifice and selfless actions. Those are the kind of kids I want my boys to see and the kind of event I want to be a part of.
I was so moved by the story that I changed what we were going to give to this month and we spent a little time at the fundraiser. It was awesome. Do you see all the bags of cookies we bought? In the short amount of time that I was chatting with the adoptive mother, two of my boys ate six cookies each! Six!
That’s okay – we got a chance to support this fabulous cause and my boys got to see that God can move even kids to do big things.
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.)
The year is over and you can see what we did each month here…
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.
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.