*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
On Tuesday December 3rd our Nation will come together to give back after a long weekend of gluttony and greed. This day is called Giving Tuesday and it is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations. I can’t think of a better way to teach our children that after we body check a little old lady to get to the last Play Station 4, we should absolutely do something meaningful to make up for our bad judgement. You might be asking “How do I involve my kids in #GivingTuesday?” This is how I am getting Jason and Spencer involved on this wonderful day of selflessness.
Technically it isn’t completely selfless if it makes you feel good about yourself which is what I hope gets through to my boys. As the children of a blogger my sons tend to be a bit spoiled. They rarely have to wait for the cool new toy or clothing item, it just finds its way to our door. So they don’t often understand that there are all different types of people in the world, even in our own town, that are not so lucky. This includes kids 18 and under and that’s really unfortunate. I’ve tried to explain to Jason and Spencer what it would be like to wake up with no Christmas gifts and they don’t fully understand the concept, it’s foreign to them.
Last year we took part in a Kohl’s Cares program with 3 other amazing bloggers and shopped our hearts out, pulled all of our blogging resources and made 4 down on their luck families very happy on Christmas morning. Although I didn’t bring Jason or Spencer shopping I did have them help prepare the gifts for wrapping and talked to them about what we were doing. I told them how the little boys we were helping couldn’t even afford to buy pants for school so we found pants for them. If you can’t afford the basics such as pants, you certainly won’t have a Nintendo DS and 25 games. That got through to Jason, Spencer was still a bit young at 4 years old.
This year I’ll be taking both of them to an Angel Tree where we will choose two older children for whom to purchase gifts. I like to choose the older kids because so few people do. It’s fun to shop for a toddler or preschooler, but so often the 14-18 year old age group gets forgotten and at Christmas their name still hangs on the tree but no present in their hand. We will buy them their gift of choice and then turn it in to the designated area. But on top of that, my children will know that they sacrificed one of their presents for this child who needed it more. Because it needs to be a selfless act. Simply buying another child a gift is easy, buying a child a gift in lieu of your own really sends a message.
I hope you will participate in Giving Tuesday aka #GivingTuesday with the Allport Family this Tuesday December 3rd. We need more Holidays like this one that actually teach us a lesson and help us to do right by the world. Giving back doesn’t have to cost money, you can always give back the gift of knowledge. I love this page full of ways families can join together to help give back in different ways, some you may not have thought about.
*This is a sponsored post. I received $100 to use towards helping my family give back for #GivingTuesday. We chose to use an Angel Tree. How will you give back?