Each year, my family participates in the various food drives and toy drives at our schools and in our communities. Since they're 4, 4, and 7, it's usually me who participates, but this year we did a lot of talking about those who have less, and I included them in the shopping and drop off. We also talked about how we share with others different times during the year.
My kids like participating in the Walk for Babies every spring; they love the balloons and attention they get, but giving up toys at holiday time is hard. It's the same thing we go through every time we give a friend a birthday present, but they still struggle. Over their lifetimes, I want them to know how good it feels to give, how lucky they are to live where they do, and how even one person can make a big difference in others' lives.
Donating to Toys for Tots each year is a small step, but it's age-appropriate for them, and it gives us a lot to discuss and work through in their little minds. Many Toys for Tots collection locations are ending pickup this Friday, so I hope you'll consider adding a few toys to the box next time you see one.