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In addition to saving and spending, we try and help the kids separate their money into a “giving” category as well. In addition to church I found some organizations that I thought were fun and easy for kids to get into.
Milk + Bookies (taken from their site)
- At Milk + BookiesTM events, boys and girls are provided the opportunity to select, purchase and inscribe books that are then donated to their peers who do not have access to books of their own. The fun-filled events feature music, story time and, of course, milk and cookies.
- We facilitate these events creating more and more experiences for children to be exposed to giving. Please visit our host-your-own page to read about the M+B class project, M+B birthday party and contact us for information on a book fair at your school.
- Milk + BookiesTM combines two essential and worthwhile efforts: literacy promotion and service learning. While the book donations are imperative to our mission, just as important is instilling the seed of giving into each host and their young guests, sparking feelings of importance, self-confidence and the desire to give and give again.
How fun for kids a party and giving back and we know everyone needs books!
Alex was a sweet girl diagnosed before she was 1 with neuroblastoma (type of cancer). When she was 4 she had the idea of starting a lemonade stand to benefit childhood cancer research. Her first stand she raised $2,000. Sweet Alex passed away at the age of 8 and it’s up to us to keep up the Lemonade stands in her name.
Heifer is different. Heifer works.
Heifer International is a global nonprofit with a proven solution to ending hunger and poverty in a sustainable way. Heifer helps empower millions of families to lift them out of poverty and hunger to self-reliance through gifts of livestock, seeds and trees and extensive training, which provide a multiplying source of food and income.
Heifer’s mission to end hunger
Heifer envisions… A world of communities living together in peace and equitably sharing the resources of a healthy planet.
Heifer’s mission is… To work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.
Heifer’s strategy is… To Pass on the Gift. As people share their animals’ offspring with others–along with their knowledge, resources and skills–an expanding network of hope, dignity and self-reliance is created that reaches around the globe.
Heifer’s history This simple idea of giving families a source of food rather than short-term relief–a cow not a cup–caught on and has continued for more than 65 years. Today, millions of families have been given gifts of self-reliance and hope.
I love their vision and the mission to helping these families help themselves. My kids love the idea of choosing which animals they purchase!
They like these guys
There are SO many great organizations out there, these were just a few I thought were fun for kids to get involved in. Please leave a comment with any organizations you participate in or know of that are fun/meaningful for kids as well!
A new craft project up on the blog tomorrow!