Cute Little story about how my husband and I were really impressed by my daughter’s idea of generosity and charity, giving back to the community.
Over the past 10 years or so we have seen the holidays become less about tradition and more about gifts and commercialism. It seems as though every year the holiday shopping craze gets bigger and bigger with retailers bombarding us with advertisements and commercials about all of their super sales. It’s not only on the TV and in the newspapers it also all over the Internet. Beginning about a week before Thanksgiving Day I started receiving emails from retailers about their Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. I must admit I was smitten by the buy bug and spent time checking out these deals and making some door buster purchases. As time went by I began to question what had happened to the spirit of the holidays.
To many others and me the holidays are supposed to be about giving and charity and spending time with family and friends. It’s about donating your time, money, and good will to others who are less fortunate than you. Whether you go through your closets, garages and attics to find clothes and other items to donate, or if you spend time volunteering at a local soup kitchen, or if you open up your wallet and donate money to worthy cause it is all about giving back.
My family and I usually give back to our local schools, public television, veterans affairs, the USO, and much more. This year our 7-year-old daughter showed us a great example of charity that I want to share with everyone. If you have kids and even if you don’t you may be familiar with these rubber band loom bracelets that youngsters are making.
They also make rings, necklaces and pony tail holders. These are colorful rubber bands that are loomed together to create intricate designs for the kids to wear. So my daughter got one of these loom kits from her Grandparents recently and was very excited to use it. She started creating so many of these designs and items that she ran out of people to give them too.
When she was at one of her friends house the friend came up with the idea that they should sell them to kids in school and make money for themselves. My daughter thought about that for a while and then came up with her own idea. She said we should sell them and then donate the money to charity. One of her favorite charitable organizations is the ASPCA. Ever since I took her there for one of their open house events she was really impressed with the work they do towards helping animals. So she decided that she would raise money for them by selling loom bracelets.
I have to say my husband and I were really impressed by her idea of generosity and charity. My husband kept asking if I or some other adult made this suggestion. I kept telling him no it was her own idea. If her act of kindness didn’t impress us enough she went on to create advertising posters to promote her charity fund raiser. We recently had a bunch of family over for the holidays and she set up a poster with the bracelets and told everyone about her fundraiser. Before she knew it she had accumulated 6 dollars. Not a bad start for a 7-year old with an idea. I’m really happy that she has the spirit of giving and charity with in her and hope she continues this way in the future.