Post # 1
So for Christmas with my DH’s family, every second year we don’t do a gift exchange. Instead we draw who will choose a charity and we all give to that charity. In the past however, we still gave gifts to all the kids. This year, we decided that we should get the children involved in the charity as well. So since Thanksgiving, every family has been saving all their change. We will bring it all together this weekend at our early christmas celebration and the oldest child gets to decide which charity the money goes to.
Now, normally the kids would be getting lots of presents from all the aunts/uncles. So this year will be different for them. Any ideas/suggestions on how to make this charity idea fun or engaging for them so they understand the concept better and enjoy it?
BTW there are 7 kids with ages ranging from 2-14.
Post # 3
I think that’s a very thoughtful idea of your family. I think by helping the older child do some research on different charities and finding out what the money will help with would be great. Then he or she can better explain it to the younger children as well. Use it as a learning experience.
It might be a bit rushed to do this for this year but what about getting everyone involved and helping out together at a food bank or a shelter preparing or serving food around the holidays? Or helping at an animal shelter around the season. I am sure that a lot of places especially around the holidays could use more volunteers. A toddler wouldn’t understand this concept, but by starting a new tradition like this, every year you do it the concept becomes clearer to them. Helping others by showing the children how you are helping a cause, the donation idea might be better understood.
Post # 4
For the young ones could you make a ‘Letter From Santa’ that says that he is so proud of them for giving up their presents and donating the money instead to Charity and how this puts them at the top of the ‘Nice’ List for something next year… or something to that effect?
I work for a childrens charity, and our Letters From Santa are so popular, as they are personalised and a really nice touch
Post # 5
What about making Christmas/Hanukkah/Holiday cards for children in the hospital? I remember doing that when I was little and I think this would be great for the younger kids.
You could also do Angel Tree. Each kid can pick a child to sponser and then everyone can go shopping to pick out toys for that child.
I would probably shy away from lots of volunteer work until the kids are older. Younger kids won’t really get it nor do I think they’d really enjoy it.
Post # 6
@applecore: Love the letter from santa idea!
@RunsWithBears: Card making would be fun too. Something to keep them engaged.