Charity organizations are important aspects of our lives. For example, 20% of New Yorkers rely on food charities just to get through the day. No matter what the situation may be, practicing philanthropy and giving back is part of our social responsibility as citizens. As children are the future of the world, it is important that their knowledge is utilized to the maximum peak. Encouraging children to practice philanthropy at a young age will allow them to grow into responsible and caring citizens, while knowing they are doing the right things to contribute to a positive world.

Donate Old Stuff

One of the best ways to teach children about charities is to encourage them to be apart of them. An example of getting children involved in charities is to pick one that they can contribute to, such as Salvation Army or Purple Heart. Encourage your children to go through their old toys and clothing that they may not wear or use anymore. Once you and your children have compiled some things you can donate, take your children along with you to the donation center. On your field trip, explain to them why you’re doing this and how it will help others have clothing, toys, and things that they typically wouldn’t be able to afford.

Encourage Thrifting

Another way to help children understand charities for the needy, is by encouraging them to recycle. We already spoke about donating their old things to people who may need them much more. Allow your children to see where many people have to shop by taking your children to Goodwill or  Salvation Army. You can also teach your children a good lesson by hosting a charity yard sale, where you’ll be able to sell your personal items and donate to a good cause. This will allow your children to appreciate the value of the things that they own, and encourage them to think about those who are not as fortunate.

Volunteer Events

Encouraging your children to volunteer is also a great way to get children involved in philanthropy. Kids learn best when they are participating in hands-on activities. For example, helping clean up a community park or volunteering to serve at a local food bank will allow your children to see the good that they give back to the local community. Signing up for 5k run/walks are also a great way to raise money for local charities and organization, while participating in family fitness activities.

Encourage Kids to be Social

As mentioned, children learn and understand best when they are able to participate in activities. Taking your children to retirement homes to volunteer and socialize is a great way to teach kids about becoming great individuals. Many elderly people become bored, lonely, and are at risk of depression, however children are great talkers. It will also allow them to work on their communication and social skills. Taking children to animal shelters is also a great way to give back and allow children to learn responsibility. Encourage your children to donate some pet food and toys, while allowing them to engage with the animals. Teaching kids to be social at a young age is a crucial step for them to becoming empowering in the future of the world.