Thank you to Victory Junction for inspiring us to discuss ways that children can give to others.I've been thinking a lot about giving back lately. What age is appropriate to start to teach a child to serve others? When is it ok to explain that some other children aren't as lucky as my own little girl? After talking to some of my favorite moms, I decided…..the earlier we start…..the better. So my goal lately? Has been to find age appropriate ways that our family can help those in need. Today, I'm sharing 5 simple ways you can help your toddler to give to those in need (inspired by an amazing organization, Victory Junction).5 Ways A Toddler Can Give to Those in Need:
1) Bring treats to your local women's shelter: Many local shelters house families. Bring treats, toys, gently used clothes to local shelters and request that they go to a family in need.
2) Set up a playdate at a local foster care group home: Children in foster care group homes don't get very many playdates. Call your local foster services center, and ask for a referral…..they'll be more than happy to put you in touch with a foster family that would be open to play dates.
3) Beautify your community: Does a local park look worn down? Plant flowers, bring cleaning supplies during your next visit, leave the playground in a better state than you found it.
4) Donate books to a school: Inner city schools like the one I teach at are often lacking materials. Teachers buy books for their classrooms, but could always use more. If your toddler is willing to part with some gently loved books……bring them together to a local school, the students will be overjoyed!
5) Pick an organization you feel strongly about, and commit to supporting them throughout the year: I recently was introduced to an amazing organization, Victory Junction. Victory Junction is a camp in North Carolina spread across 83 acres…..and it does something that most camps don't, it offers some time of fun for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. This medically-sound environment allows its campers to enjoy experiences like horseback riding, swimming, and zip-lining at absolutely no cost to their families. As a teacher, I have watched multiple families struggle with a chronically ill child….and I know how much an opportunity like this means for not only the patient but the family as a whole. The joy that Victory Junction provides is priceless. As a kickoff to our support of Victory Junction, Lydia and I put together a box of supplies they will need this summer. Our box is filled with google eyes, stickers, hair ties, playing cards, puzzles, and a few pieces of art Lydia made for the kids. Putting it together was the perfect time to talk about helping kids who are sick, and Lydia was SO excited to send them presents to help them feel a little better.
If you are interested in learning how you can help make dreams come true at Victory Junction……please request a copy of their “Be a Dream Maker” look book……filled with ways to help this amazing organization.
And if you love to sew…..one of my favorite things about the camp? Each camper is greeted with their very own camp bear and blanket upon arrival. If you'd like to sew a bear or blanket for campers, please check out all the info!