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5 Ways to Teach Charity to Children

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Charity is not for adults alone. Even children can be taught to support charity at a very early age. They should learn to give their time and money to those people and animals that face circumstances that are less fortunate than their own. Supporting charity helps develop empathy in them, teaches them that they can have a positive impact in this world, and also helps them cope with unpleasant situations in their own lives.

Here are 5 ways in which we can teach children the importance of charity.

1. Go through your child’s clothes and pick out the ones that he has not worn in a while or those that he has outgrown. Make sure your child is there to help you with this. Explain to him that these clothes that he no longer needs can be given off to those children that are poor or have no parents to support them. Take your child with you to give away these clothes.

2. Birthdays and special occasions at home are an ideal time to teach your child the need for giving. You can talk to him/her about those that are not as fortunate as him to celebrate special occasions. When you celebrate your child’s birthday party, you can get his friends to bring in something for a charity jar. You can let your child decide which charity organization he would like to donate his ‘charity gifts’ to.

3. When you go shopping for food, involve your child in selecting canned fruits and vegetables and other non-perishable food items that you can give away at the local charity organizations. Talk to him about those people that don’t get to eat everyday and go to bed hungry. You can also help him select a toy for mentally challenged children and orphans. There are organizations that accept food and toys all through the year.

4. Encourage your child to take up volunteering services. There may not be as many opportunities for children as there are for adults, but have your child contribute in any small way. He could visit seniors at a nursing home, he could join an environment protection group to clean up the local park or if he is older, he could help with tutoring some unprivileged children. After all more than the size of the act it is the size of the thought that counts.

5. Be a role model. Your child is always observing you, whether you notice or not. If you want him to learn something, the best way to get him to do it is to set the example yourself. So before you give him lectures on giving and supporting, make sure that you have been involved in charity too. Whenever you make a visit to charity organizations, take your child along, just so he knows that you are not all about talking, but you also walk your talk.
Most people reserve charity for emergencies that arise from catastrophic disasters. But by following the ways mentioned above, you can teach him that charity is not as much about helping in emergencies as it is about helping the less fortunate in our day to day lives. Children may be small but they are closer to life than we really are. Early impressions left on a tender mind are never erased, so follow it up and instill the spirit of giving in your child as early as possible.

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Written by Richard Chan

January 31, 2009 at 2:04 pm

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February 2009 Challenge – Love!

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The EFC February Challenge theme is Love!

Please submit your entries to EFC Store (via EtsyForCharity) now! Just send us your item listing URL or convo us your item info and photos!

Please note that all submitted entries need to be donated to EFC Store where the sale proceeds will be donated to EFC Charity of the Month.

Submission deadline : 15 February 2009

The poll for voting the winning entry will be from 16 Feb – 25 Feb 2009.

The winner of the EFC February Challenge will win the following prizes kindly sponsored by the EFC members :

1. $15 Gift Certificate by ThePuddlePeople ThePuddlePeople

2. $10 Gift Certificate by JoniKay52 JoniKay52

3. $10 Gift Certificate by UniqueGrabs 
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4. $10 Gift Certificate by ValeriesGallery ValeriesGallery

5. $5 Gift Certificate by CiaoHound
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6. $5 Gift Certificate by Ribbon WondersRibbonWonders

7. Free Pet Sampler Box by PetsJubilee

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If you are interested in contributing a prize for EFC February Challenge, please convo UniqueGrabs and provide him your prize details.

Come on and have some fun! Take part in the coming EFC February Challenge!

Written by Richard Chan

January 28, 2009 at 1:22 pm

February 2009 Charity of the Month

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American Heart Association

http://www.americanheart.org

The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is: “Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.”

The mission statement was updated by the American Heart Association during its Annual Meeting in April 2007. The mission statement undergoes a formal review process every third year.

The association’s impact goal is to reduce coronary heart disease, stroke and risk by 25 percent by 2010. Progress toward the goal will be measured according to these indicators:

  • Reduce the death rate from coronary heart disease and stroke by 25 percent. 
  • Reduce the prevalence of smoking, high blood cholesterol and physical inactivity by 25 percent.
  • Reduce the rate of uncontrolled high blood pressure by 25 percent. 
  • Eliminate the growth of obesity and diabetes.

EFC Team donated $40.00 to American Heart Association in February.

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In February, EFC individual members donated
$ 20.00 to Snow White

$5.00 to National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Written by Richard Chan

January 28, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Winner of January 2009 Challenge – New Beginnings!

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Peep, peep...original fine art photograph

Peep, peep...original fine art photograph

Congrats to AllieArt4Children for winning the EFC January Challenge with her entry, Peep, peep…original fine art photograph.

She has won the following prizes kindly sponsored by the EFC members :

1. $15 Gift Certificate by ThePuddlePeople ThePuddlePeople

 2. $10 Gift Certificate by JoniKay52 JoniKay52

3. $10 Gift Certificate by UniqueGrabs UniqueGrabs

4. $10 Gift Certificate by ValeriesGallery ValeriesGallery

 5. $5 Gift Certificate by Ribbon WondersRibbonWonders

6. Original 5 x 7 Fine Art Photograph of Your Choice by AllieArt4Children AllieArt4Children

If you are interested in contributing a prize for EFC February Challenge, please convo UniqueGrabs and provide him your prize details.

Come on and have some fun! Take part in the coming EFC February Challenge!

Written by Richard Chan

January 26, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Vote for EFC February Charity of the Month

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January 23, 2009 at 4:23 pm

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Vote for EFC February Challenge Theme

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January 23, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Pick a Winner for EFC January Challenge – New Beginnings!

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The poll will end on 25 Jan 2009.

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January 16, 2009 at 1:53 pm