I just stumbled upon this post at Parent Hack and had to share it with all of you. As parents, my husband and I are always looking for ways to encourage a giving spirit in our children. We want them to be generous and empathetic to those in need. In the past, they have raised money for a variety of different programs including Toys for Tots. But when I stumbled upon this post at Parent Hacks I knew that I had to share it with all of you.
My kids have waaaaaayyyyyy too many stuffed animals. I am always trying to convince them to donate some to Goodwill or a local shelter which they sometimes do. It doesn't take long, however, for their collections to return to the normal status quo...too many to fit on the bed, in the closet, etc. So the prospect of getting the collections under control AND help children in need? We are there! I have proposed the concept to both kids and they are all over it. We will be packing up some gently used animals and baby dolls for transport overseas to the arms of their new owners tomorrow.
As a CPS worker, the agency used to give bears to kids when they were removed from their homes. Unfortunately, budgetary cuts prohibit this from occurring anymore. I bring this up because I am well aware of how important transitional objects can be to children in stressful situations. Perhaps this is why I am particularly drawn towards this type of effort. I know we'll be taking our boxing to the Post Office tomorrow. Won't you consider doing the same?