Schools might close for Christmas, but there’s still plenty to learn during this season of goodwill. In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the elderly mister Scrooge discovers, during his visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past, the value of giving. Watching his first employer, Mr Fezziwig, dole out seasonal cheer, Scrooge realizes that “the happiness he gives is quite as great as if it costs a fortune.”
Of course, your son or daughter doesn’t have to learn about giving quite so late in life. Supporting causes, whether big or small, can help kids think about the wider world. Giving can be very personal, but there are plenty of opportunities to give back this December, and many ways to better understand the good work charities undertake.
1) Talk to your kids about a charity they would like to support
Do they want to clean up beaches, help the elderly, or look after animals? Ask them what they’re interested in and use the search feature in RoosterMoney’s Give pot to explore over 26,000 different charities on JustGiving. Pick one, and your child can ask to make a donation to a charity via JustGiving charity donation site.
2) Get to know the kind of work you can help with
Plenty of charities have Christmas campaigns, which explains why giving money to them helps. This video from Oxfam America explains how we can all work together to help end poverty.
3) Find out which charities need extra help at this time
Some good causes find themselves in dire need of funds at different times. The housing charity HELP USA is working especially hard during the pandemic to ensure everyone has a place to call home. Maybe they need a bit more money?
4) Work out how much you want to give
The Give pot in the RoosterMoney app lets you set aside money for a good cause and track donations over time.
5) Send charity cards
Thousands of charities offer their own line of Christmas cards, the proceeds from which benefit their causes. Children’s charity UNICEF has a great range of coloring cards, allowing young senders to personalize their Christmas messages.
6) Try a thrift store
You can give and receive at thrift stores. These places sell unwanted goods, and pass the money onto a wide range of charitable causes. Perhaps you can donate your old stuff, or pick up something cheap for yourself. Old games and DVDs often cost only a few dollars, and the money always goes to a good cause.
7) Find out about the different ways people have raised money over the years
It isn’t all fun runs and bake sales. In 1929, J. M. Barrie donated the copyright to his book and play Peter Pan to the Great Ormond St Hospital. That copyright would have expired by now, but In 1988, the former British Prime Minister James Callaghan helped put a law through parliament, granting the hospital a right to royalties for any performance, publication, broadcast of the play or adaptation of the play, forever! Maybe, if your son or daughter makes it big in the future, they can give a bit back too.
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