The gift of giving is not something that comes naturally for everyone. Some of my children are natural givers and some would rather keep things for themselves. I don’t feel like those who are not givers are unkind; they were not given the gift of giving. As a mom I want to ensure that all of my children will give freely of themselves even when it does not come naturally. The best way I know of to teach this it through setting the example.
My family has been blessed not to live in poverty, sale but our income is limited and we have a tight budget to live by. Giving to others through monetary means is not something we can do at this point in our lives, viagra 60mg but that does not limit us in our abilities to give. Our dinner table is always open and quite often overflowing with mouths to feed. Our home often has a guest or two staying the night, cialis and our large SUV could use a few more seatbelts in it. We love to go to sporting or school events for our kids and kids in our family and church. We love children and we love to invest our time into them. Our children are seeing our giving spirit in our everyday lives; however we sometimes like to get the kids involved in a giving project outside of our normal routine.
One of my favorite giving projects we have done as a family was a coat drive. We went to our church family and told them were wanted to collect coats for children and adults. The response was overwhelming! We had more coats than we could have ever imagined. Some were used and some were new, but all of them would help to keep a person warm that winter. We dropped the children’s coats off at local elementary schools and the adult coats went to a local homeless shelter. Through this process we had the kids helping us collect and sort the coats and they went with us to give them away.
This giving project was easy and it did not take a big investment of our time, but the impact a few simple actions was priceless. Those who received the coats had warmth for the winter; those who donated the coats were giving of themselves, and our children were able to see how a few words and actions can make a difference.
We have done other giving projects and hope to do many more. We want to make sure our children know that giving is not always easy or convenient, but God will bless you when you give to others. He has blessed our family by always insuring there is food on the table, beds to lie in, a car that runs (most of the time), and our health. We have everything we need and more! I want to challenge everyone to give, even when it is hard.