Tips for Teaching Kids to Volunteer – Operation Christmas Child #OCCGiving

I know I’m going to sound super old saying this or maybe just more traditional than some, but I feel like in today’s society children are lacking a sense of kindness, compassion, and generosity for others.

For my family it is important that our girls have a sense of giving back to the community. There are several ways we’ve instilled that in them and as they get older we will continue to do so.

Start them young. Kids are impressionable, and getting them involved in showing love for others with acts of kindness at such a young age will, just like any other activities or traditions you start early, make it a part of their everyday life.

Be age appropriate. You know your child’s maturity level and personality more than anyone else, so take this into consideration when choosing an activity for them to participate in. Operation Christmas Child is a great activity for kids of all ages. My girls decided to choose 2 children from their own age range to give gifts to, and it’s something a teenage would like and even my 2 year-old was excited to buy gifts and pack our shoebox.

Operation Christmas Child

Be upfront with them. Explain to them that there are children and families without anything. Remind them that it’s our job to help one another and that God commands it. John 13: 34-35 says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Most importantly though: Show them what it means to volunteer. It’s a well-known fact that kids learn through watching adults, especially from their parents. As an example to our children the BEST way to model kindness, compassion, and generosity is to have those qualities and exhibit them whether we’re in the line at a grocery store, serving at a local soup kitchen, and especially in our own home.

How we’ve put volunteering into place in our family. We decided this year, as one of our many holiday volunteer efforts with the girls that we would pack two Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes for children without this year. We love this idea because it’s not only easy, but it’s fun too.

We’d love for you and your family to join us, and be an example to the world. Here’s how you can pack your own shoe box, or go online to build one or gift one to a friend to build.

1. Use an empty shoe box(standard size, please) or a small plastic container. You can wrap the box (lid separately), but wrapping is not required.

2. Boy or Girl? Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. You can download a label online or click the Follow Your Box option to get a special label to learn the destination of you shoe box gift.

3. Fill it up! Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child such as toys, school supplies, and hygiene items. A list of suggested gift items is available here.

Packed Boxes 4. Donate $7 Please donate $7 or more for each shoe box you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs. You can give online by using our Follow Your Box option, or you can write a check to Samaritan’s Purse(note “OCC” on memo line) and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box. If you or your family are preparing more than one shoe box, please make one combined donation.

5. Drop Off Click HERE to find the closest drop-off location during you and drop off your box during OCC’s National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19, 2012, {however they will accept mailed shoe boxes year-round}.

{Gifts are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.}

Be sure to check Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child out on Social Media too:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OCCshoeboxes
Twitter: @OCC_shoeboxes #OCCGiving
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/OCCshoeboxes
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/SamaritansPurseVideo?feature=chclk

Regardless of what activity you choose to volunteer your family’s time for, or when you plan on serving, getting your family involved in giving to others will change the world. I promise.

This holiday season build a box with your family to teach kindness, compassion, and generosity.

Operation Christmas Child and influencer marketing platform BlogFrog have teamed up with 200 bloggers like me to spread the word about this great cause.

BlogFrog will match the first 200 boxes that are built. Pledge your commitment below to build a box today on Facebook or Twitter!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Operation Christmas Child. The opinions and text are all mine.

               

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