Pay It Forward Ideas for Kids
Pay It Forward Ideas for Kids
“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.” -2 Corinthians 5:20
Ever since I was a child, I have felt the need to help others. I was constantly looking for more ways to pay it forward. Even at a very early age I can still remember wanting to donate my allowance to Gospel Rescue Mission before Thanksgiving so my money could help provide 7 meals for the homeless that specific Thanksgiving. I can even remember getting a Thank You placecard setting in the mail when I did donate my allowance to put on our table which I did of course which made me all giddy as a kid.
As I grew older I continued to find ways to give back. My favorite was Volunteering my weekends at a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. I was only 23 and saw some Mothers bringing in their kids to help volunteer. The kids helped feed the animals and clean out their cages. I told myself that I was going to be that kind of Mom and make sure my kids valued their ability to help others in need.
So, here I am years later with 2 kids who are following in my footsteps…
These are some of the ways we give back and you can too!
- Make Blessing Bags for Homeless Shelters. We use gallon sized Ziploc bags and fill them with small items like: socks, chapstick, water bottle, granola bars, hand sanitizer, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo etc. My kids like to include a handwritten note of encouragement complete with smiley faces and rainbows in hopes of cheering up someone’s day.
- Volunteer at an Animal Shelter. You can walk the dogs and give them some much needed love and affection. Just be aware that you may want to bring them all home with you.
- Have your kids open up their own lemonade stand or sell some toys on ebay or a garage sale so that they can donate their earnings to a good cause.
- Make Care Packages for deployed troops. You can include toiletries, snacks, first aid supplies, magazines etc. There are tons of ideas on Pinterest on making these as well as the Homeless Blessing Bags.
- We also like to give our Mailman a little random gift every now and then since he always has to deal with our loud barking dogs. We leave him snacks and a note or a cold Vitamin Water right before he delivers. He is always very appreciative of it.
- My favorite way that we give back is through World Vision. We sponsor a child who is exactly 2 weeks younger than my son so he thinks that is awesome. We send him $39/a month to help him. The kids get to send him little gifts like stickers, coloring books (small ones) and other little trinkets. We keep his picture on our refrigerator so we can all see him daily.
If you are interested in Sponsoring a Child with World Vision then Click Here for more info. I have a Campaign to get more children sponsored through this link!
What are some of the ways that you and your family give back? I would love to get more ideas!