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Family Influence in Giving is Important

'...It is more blessed to give than to receive.'  Acts 20:35

Are you looking for ways to help your kids look outside themselves with giving? It’s very easy for younger children to be especially focused on the gifts they receive, especially at Christmas and birthday time, rather than the gifts they give. Here are ten ways parents engage kids of all ages and give one of the greatest gifts of all: generosity.

1. Give them each a dollar amount to give away. Pick an amount corresponding to their age – perhaps $5, $10 or $50 times their age – and let them choose from a list of nonprofits. Our favorite part of this strategy is seeing how each child’s unique personality influences his or her choice individually.

2. Identify a needy family and give to them anonymously. There are organizations in your local community that make it possible to turn needs you see into needs you meet. This idea teaches your kids to be aware of needs existing around them.

3. Let them choose a specific way to help the developing world. A number of organizations allow you to identify specific items to give. For instance, through World Vision’s Christmas Giving Catalogue your kids could choose from hundreds of gifts: seeds and tools for farmers in Haiti ($30), vocational training for sexually exploited girls in Thailand ($35), or a goat for a needy family in Uganda ($75).

4. Volunteer as a family at a local shelter, food kitchen or ministry. Over two-thirds of volunteering adults began giving their time as young people, so get your kids hooked.  In addition to helping the nonprofit, it gets you out of the house – and serving – together.

5. Help them sponsor a child their age. There are organizations that allow you to learn about the child you’re helping. Trading letters with sponsored children can be impactful for writer and reader.

6. Make your giving decisions as a family. Whether you’re giving $100 or $100,000 this year, have a conversation about the organizations you support. Ask your kids to dream about how they would give away a million dollars. Pray as a family about what God would like you to do.

7. Let them buy a favorite toy to give to a child in need. Participate in Toys for Tots, send gifts to the kids of your missionaries, or choose a local organization that has a toy drive.

8. Send cards of encouragement. For younger children, help them make cards to send to troops serving, missionaries with your church, or local servants like firemen and police. Create artwork or bake goodies together to encourage the recipients.

9. Match their gifts. If your children are adults, challenge them by matching the dollars they give. This allows you to get involved but also helps them work through their own budgeting and giving decisions.

10. Encourage your child to supply resources. Your child’s Sunday School Class or Small Group may need resources to study. Blackaby Ministries International and other ministries have Bibles, books and studies to encourage clarity of God’s Word.

There are many ways to teach giving to our kids beyond this list. We must be intentional about teaching ‘generosity’.  Please contact us if you would like to discuss this topic.  God blesses those that have a ‘true’ heart to give.

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