Tag Archives: giving

Take a Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes

24 Jul

Have you ever allowed your kids to walk to school or play outside when it’s raining or snowing and their shoes have holes? Of course you wouldn’t! But, believe it or not, there are many children who go to school with inadequate shoes everyday because their parents can’t afford to buy new shoes. It must be incredibly difficult to learn when your feet are always wet and cold.

This summer, join us as we collect shoes for children in need. Here’s how to do it.

  • Print off a copy of the flyer. Fill in where you will be donating the shoes and sign your family’s name. You can add a phone number if you would like.  (Some suggestions of places to deliver the shoes: homeless shelters, churches, inner city schools, after school child care providers. Be sure to call ahead to see if there is a need for shoes.)
  • Attach the flyer to a grocery bag.
  • On July 24, leave the flyers and bags on several of your neighbor’s doorsteps.
  • On July 31, revisit the neighbors where you dropped the bags and collect the shoes they donated.
  • Go through the shoes to make sure they are new or gently used. Discard any unwearable shoes.
  • Deliver the shoes to those in need.

Our goal is for our followers to collect 100 pairs of shoes. Be sure to let us know on our Facebook page how many shoes you collect.

Make Your Kids a Philanthropist

15 Nov

Kids can really be smart. Teach your kids to be a philanthropist.


Recommended Reading:

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

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Teaching Little Ones to Give

21 Oct

In honor of Make a Difference Day, we’ve invited Shelley Hallier to be our guest blogger and share some ideas about giving back.

Click on the logo to find out more about Make a Difference Day. There’s even a link for on how to get your family started.

I ran into a friend at the coffee shop this morning.

Susanne, with kids in tow, was telling me about an effort she has become involved in that focuses on providing children’s books to individual children, communities, and facilities in the wake of disaster (i.e. Joplin, MO) or simply in need. It’s called Building A Bookshelf and with the mantra “A book for every child” serves children all over the country.

As she spoke I was thinking to myself, “Wow. Another really great cause. They’re everywhere.”

Because of the organization’s focus I couldn’t help but think about my own kids. We are so blessed. My oldest donates a fair amount of time to various community organizations and causes, but what about her siblings? Is three too young to try to teach a sense of community responsibility?

No, it isn’t.

I made a list of activities I can engage in with my toddler twins to introduce them to the concept of philanthropy, and the beauty and joy that come with giving.  Here are my top three:

  1. Team Toy Drive. Create the opportunity to reinforce how fortunate your child is to participate in sports. At the sports team end-of-season get-together, encourage guests to bring a gently used book or toy for donation to a local shelter or children’s charity. Take your child along when you make the drop off.
  2. Grocery Gift. Make a special trip to the grocery store with your child with the sole purpose of donating a bag or two to your local food pantry. (Not sure where it is? Call around to the local churches. Chances are you’ll find one.) Engage your child in the shopping by encouraging them to help determine what to purchase.
  3. Adopt-A-Family. The holidays are the perfect time to talk to your child about the beauty of giving. Request a family with a child or children around the age of your own little one, then encourage them to help you shop. It can be difficult for kids to go to the store and choose toys to give away, but be patient, and keep the focus on the child in need. Your little guy or girl will get the message, and their compassion may surprise you.

I know how crazy life as a busy mom can be. Let’s face it, sometimes it’s about all we can do to keep our own families taken care of. I like these three options best because they can all be accomplished with my children on a single Saturday afternoon, but may produce big yields in terms of compassion and generosity in us all.

Shelley Hallier is a Kansas City-area marketing executive who left a successful 12-year stint in the corporate realm in favor of independent consulting, after giving birth to twins in 2008. She recently released her first children’s book, “Where Does Mommy Go?” directed at busy moms and their little ones. With darling illustrations and a sweet message, the book addresses the mystery of the working mommy from the child’s perspective. It is available in hardcover at http://wheremommygoes.com or at Amazon.com.
Shelley lives in Kansas City, Mo., with her husband, Craig, and three children: Hannah, Ryne and Cassie.
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