Thursday, December 1, 2016

Teaching Children about the Gift of Giving-Christmas

Four Years ago we started a new holiday tradition, 
and invited our friends & family to participate with us.  

We wrapped two rolls of pennies in the folded up note below and attached a red ribbon and little bell.  We gave it to our family and friends as an early Christmas present.

(we use quarters for each member of our family to participate)

Just One Penny

This year for Christmas we wanted to teach our girls about the “Gift of Giving.” We racked our brains and as we walked past the Salvation Army’s Red Kettles, an idea sparked.  Each time we walk past the kettles, we are inspired to give money on the way in and out of stores.  The girls get excited and beg for money to place in the red kettle.  We are starting a new family tradition.  Each year whatever we can afford to give, we will get a roll of change for each family member.  Each time we walk into and out of a store we will drop in one coin, until all the coins are gone.  Look around the parking lot of the big chain stores, they are filled with cars.  If every shopper dropped just one penny into the red kettle every day, they could make upwards of $100-$1,000 a day, per kettle.  Just one penny!  This year we are giving our friends and neighbors the “Gift of Giving.”  Included you will find two rolls of coins to help teach your little ones what Christmas is truly about.  We invite your family to use these coins to help change the world, by placing them in the red kettles or coming up with your own idea of paying it forward.  Merry Christmas!         

“When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.”Mosiah 2:17

Tape two rolls of pennies together.

Fold up the above note and tape around the two rolls of pennies.

Add a red ribbon with a bell.

For more information on the Salvation Army click here.

We hope this inspires some creative ideas to help get your family into the spirit of giving!

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