Originally posted by jimmiec
reply to post by InhaleExhale
Awsome! I have been wondering if it would be a good idea to teach our children at a young age what that feeling of helping others is. Once they feel
it they might crave it. There are certainly worse addictions. How do you think we could go about doing that in our public schools without them feeling
forced into helping others? If they feel forced into it i doubt it would take hold. Ideas?
My hubby is the Government teacher at our local High School. He asked the students in his classes if they wanted to do an act of charity for
Christmas and they all were very excited about it. They decided to buy a goat and 2 chickens for a family in Uganda. Each student brought a dollar on
their own free will and gladly gave to help out others. The company even sent a little stuffed lamb to them as a thank you. It sits on my hubby's
desk right now and at the end of the school year he plans to have a drawing to give it to the winning student.
That being said, there are plenty of needy families around our parts.
I know a lot of people on here don't particularly like Christianity, some are even completely hostile towards it, but most people still turn to the
local church when they are in need, at least that's the way it is around here. If anyone is at a loss of where to start if they are wanting to help
those in need, I can tell you first hand that your local church will always welcome help. It may be through serving meals, helping with housing the
homeless, looking after children, checking on the sick and elderly, giving someone a ride, or even providing monetarily if one is so inclined. There
is always work to be done. This is my 6th year of being a ministry wife and I can tell you that the workers are few and the need is great. It can be
exhausting if you are trying to go it alone so it helps to be a part of a team.
Food pantries are always in need of help and donations as well. My family helps run, and sits on the board of, a food pantry that serves those
suffering from AIDS as well as their immediate families. The holidays are particularly hard to find supply for the increasing demand. Volunteers are
always needed to help sort, bag, and deliver food. Non-perishable donations are always welcome too.
Personally, my heart lies with the kiddos. Mine are still very small, but when they are bigger my husband and I are very interested in fostering. We
took classes this year, but decided to wait until we get back closer to our families so we could have the support that we would need. I am also very
interested in being a CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocate. Again, for me it would mean waiting until I have more support nearby, or until my
children are a little older, but it may interest someone on here.
CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court and other settings
Going back to the subject of a classroom helping others, Make a Wish has a program called Kids for Wish Kids where students come together and organize
fundraisers in order to grant a dying child's wish.
Kids For Wish Kids
This program is designed specifically for students to get involved! There are also many volunteer positions open for adults wanting to help.
The Ronald McDonald House
lists 30 ways that volunteers can help them out,
many of them students could get involved with.
There are so many folks in need all around us and so many ways to get involved. These are just a few that I have looked into before and/or taken part
in, I hope they give someone direction or inspiration into what ever they might want to do get involved.