Britney Dearest: 10 Ideas To Help Teach Our Children Selflessness This Season {and Year-Round} *Kansas City Edition*

/ Monday, December 1, 2014

10 Ideas To Help Teach Our Children Selflessness This Season {and Year-Round} *Kansas City Edition*

It fills our hearts with joy to give our spoiled children the desires of their heart on Christmas, however, some of us may give so much to our children that they may miss the most important idea of Christmas, which is to selflessly give, as God has given so much to us, including first and foremost, His son Jesus Christ.

It's important that we teach our children to be grateful for the life they have and to be empathetic towards others who are less fortunate. Prayerfully, as they grow up, they will develop a desire to take action to give and volunteer on their own will.



I don't have every single facility and shelter in Kansas City and surrounding areas listed, however, I have compiled a nice starting list with links to each program for readers to view. From there, you can learn more and, if you're interested, make a decision on which program you would like to donate to or volunteer yours and your family's time.

*Many of these opportunities require an application or sign up, so be sure to complete the necessary requirements and receive confirmation before showing up.

1. There are multiple volunteer opportunities at Kansas City Hospice including office tasks, indirect and direct patient care, and meal preparation.

2. Give new or pre-owned coats, blankets, and/or financial contributions to Project Warmth Kansas City.

3. Clean the home of an elderly or disabled person.

4. Volunteer to serve food at City Union Mission or give a monetary donation.

5. Visit a local nursing home.

6. Help serve with The Micah Ministry of Independence Supper Ministry at "Robert's Cafe". Donate and volunteer at their clothing pantry, and help assemble "health kits".

7. Donate special items for those in need to Kansas City Rescue Mission. Help serve meals to the homeless and poor and/or make a financial donation.

8. Gillis Youth Center has a Holiday Adopt-a-Youth program where you are able to donate unwrapped gifts to the children housed at the facility. You can also donate monetary gifts. There are many volunteering opportunities.

9. Donate and/or volunteer at Rose Brooks Center, an emergency shelter for women and children escaping life-threatening abuse.

10. Donate food for a holiday dinner and/or new toys, books, and clothing for less fortunate children to the  Della Lamb Community Services Operation Santa Claus program and volunteer for one of their available opportunities.

Here's a list of more local shelters where you can volunteer your time and love this holiday season:

Kansas City Homeless Shelter and Centers the Needy Directory

Women and Children's Shelter Directory


A COUPLE OF SUGGESTIONS:

  • I HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU MAKE SURE CHILDREN ARE ALLOWED TO VOLUNTEER AT YOUR CENTER OF CHOICE.
  • FOR SAFETY PURPOSES, WITH YOUNGER CHILDREN YOU MAY WANT TO GO TO A FACILITY FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN.
  • MY PERSONAL OPINION: AGE 2+ IS A GOOD AGE TO START SHOWING CHILDREN HOW TO GIVE BY TAKING THEM ALONG TO DONATE ITEMS. 5+ IS A GOOD AGE TO ACTUALLY GO OUT AND VOLUNTEER AT A FACILITY.


I have not yet decided where we plan to volunteer this year. It will be my daughter and son's first time! Christmas shouldn't be the only time of the year we teach our children to be selfless, it should be year round. There are many ways, other than what I have listed here, to teach our kids to show gratitude such as helping a neighbor and even talking to them about why we should be grateful for the little things. My husband and me do both of those things with our children as well as taking our kids along with us to donate food, toys, and clothing items every other month or so. There are even organizations that make it easy for us to donate and will stop by to pick up donations like Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City. We donate items a few times a year. Your children can help you go through items to donate and you can explain to them why you are donating those items. I could go on and on with ideas!



Please list more ideas in the comments section!





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