Giving is better than receiving!


How do you teach about giving?  During this time of year, there are numerous opportunities to teach this lesson, but what about the rest of the year?  It should not be a lesson that is just implemented during the holidays.  In our family we have tried to make this lesson one that we incorporate in our daily life.  We are in a unique situation where we are on a type of “sabbatical” right now and traveling across the the east coast.  As we travel, we try to give little tokens of appreciation and thanks along the way.  In Elizabeth City, NC we visited a local police department to give them some sweet treats and in Norfolk, Virginia we visited the Fire Department with some special tokens of our appreciation.

Most recently, thanks to Oriental Trading, we were able to make little school packs for kids who are in need.   My girls are 3 and 4 years old and get very excited when we start a “giving project.”  It is so fun to see their enthusiasm and involvement in the process.

We decided to create a rainbow-themed packs and made rainbow tags to go on the top of the pencil cases.  Each tag has a special message.  In each pencil case, we included a notepad, pencil sharpener, colorful pencil, an eraser, and stress ball.  The girls divided up each pencil case and the items that went inside of them.


We attached a different color ribbon to the zipper with our handmade tag and we were done!


We also decided to make a kit of crayons and coloring/activity pads to drop of for kids sitting in a waiting room in the emergency room at a hospital.  Depending on the time of day and circumstances, we hope this makes the waiting process easier for little kids.  This was a simple project by just attaching a set of crayons to the activity pad.


With the holiday season now upon us, there are MANY different opportunities to give back and get creative with your ideas!  This is one of the next projects on our list…..Operation Christmas Child.

Operation Christmas Child

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