An Introduction to Giving: Part 1

June 15, 2011 at 2:31 pm Leave a comment

Volunteers as young as 5 years old come through the doors of Cradles to Crayons, so the C2C staff is fortunate to meet some pretty amazing kids each day. How do these kids come to have such a deep passion for helping others their age in need? Well, it seems that parents have found ways to raise their children as philanthropists from a young age.

Birthday Star, Megan, Proudly Unloads Her Donations

We wanted to share an idea on how to introduce giving to your child that is growing in popularity. Birthday parties are a simple starting point for teaching young children about sharing, generosity, and the oftentimes heavy topic of poverty. C2C celebrates those who donate their birthday gifts to less fortunate kids through our Birthday Star Program. We have had Birthday Stars of all ages learn that they can use their celebration to make a difference in the lives of kids in need. Most importantly they learn that giving can be fun!

Read what others are saying about planning a socially responsible birthday party for your child:

How to Plan a Socially Responsible Birthday Party for Your Child: eHow discusses how birthday parties present a perfect opportunity to help those in need. The author takes you step by step through working with your child to pick a cause that best suits his or her interests.

Cake, but No Presents, Please: A New York Times article reports on families and children who have asked for donations for a specific cause, in lieu of gifts, when they send invitations to their party. The article includes reactions to the request from party guests.

Volunteer Project for Your Child’s Birthday PartyThis article talks about making a big difference at your child’s birthday. It shares several ideas for volunteer projects that kids can have fun doing during the party, as well as ideas for collecting donations in lieu of presents.


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