#GivingTuesday 2014

#GivingTuesday Roundup |MothersCircle.netTo me, #GivingTuesday is one of the best commercialized ways to spotlight giving and service over self. Isn’t that what Thanksgiving and the Christmas and holiday season are all about?

In our family, kindness is most important. It makes me far prouder to hear that my child invited a left out child to sit with him at lunch than to have him get a perfect spelling test grade. Seriously, what’s really important?

After a big turkey dinner and time with family, after dabbling in Black Friday weekend sales, I love the idea of kicking off the season with #GivingTuesday.

How do you make giving and service a tradition in your family? What ways do you help your kids prioritize serving? What will you give during this season of giving – time, money, blood, food?

Here’s a round up of #GivingTuesday news, posts, and ways to give back.

#GivingTuesday on Mother’s Circle

Nearest to my heart, please check out the Kampala Children’s Centre for Hope and Wellness.

10 Tips to Teach Kids About Volunteerism

Forbes article: Will 2014 Be GivingTuesday’s Breakthrough Year?

Blessing Bags for the homeless

This is the official #GivingTuesday website
Learn about their #Unselfie campaign for #GivingTuesday.

#givingtuesday, #unselfie, teaching kids about giving and service, Cyber Monday,

5 Fun Ideas for Families this Giving Tuesday

Use Charity Navigator to help you decide which charities to support


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2 Responses to #GivingTuesday 2014

  1. Deborah says:

    My teens love to choose a child in need that they can shop and choose gifts for at Christmastime. Sometimes we go in with friends to try to provide for a whole family. It makes charity and giving more real to my kids when they have an active role in helping “real” people and knowing exactly what we’re giving them, and imagining their anticipation and excitement opening the gifts than if you just “give to charity.” That is necessary also, but it doesn’t make the same impression on kids.

    • ldecesare says:

      I agree, Deborah! When the kids actually use their money, their time, and are involved in selecting the gifts it is so powerful. Our church youth group takes the kids shopping and each kid gets a description of the child(ren) they’re shopping for and they take such care in choosing things. They raise money during the year to be able to support more children than the prior year. It’s an incredible experience for all involved. Thanks for sharing! You and I think a lot alike on this!

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