We at Click-A-Brick love helping children, particularly helping them learn. And while we specialize in helping children learn things like spatial awareness and creativity, we want to go beyond that.
Giving and helping the less fortunate is an essential lesson for kids as they grow up. With kids learning best by example, it’s important for parents to set a good example to follow when it comes to teaching them about giving.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of children’s charities that you can use to teach your kids about the value of giving to others who need it. We chose children’s charities because kids can identify easily with other kids.
Obviously, donating or volunteering close to home is preferred by most people and we agree that if you can find a charity near you, that is great. But, if you’re not already donating either money or time to a children’s charity and talking to your kids about why you do it, may we suggest taking a look at these five charities:
This charity combines giving with dogs, which may help your kids get even more interested in it because we all know kids love animals. Canines for Disabled Kids provides service dogs for children under 12 who are autistic or have a physical disability. Around since 1998, the charity has helped hundreds of children by sponsoring dogs who help with daily activities, act as guides or provide animal therapy to kids.
Since 1995, KaBOOM! has been building and restoring playgrounds, skate parks, ice rinks, and athletic fields for children in impoverished areas in the US. The charity wants to give all children, regardless of where they live, the opportunity to live balanced lives that include the ability to play. They also provide expertise and training to communities that want to build their own playgrounds.
Chances are you know someone who has donated to Locks of Love. Even a lot of children get in on the act either on their own or through school. In case you’re not familiar with it, though, this charity makes hairpieces for children who have lost their hair due to medical reasons. The hairpieces are all made from donated human hair and give the children who receive them a boost of self-confidence.
An excellent teaching opportunity for children who have grown up in stable homes, this charity provides bags full of items to children who have been extricated from dangerous environments. Many children who are rescued from dangerous home environments each year arrive at crisis centers with little to nothing. My Stuff Bags, which has been around since 1998, aims to provide them with clothes, toys, toiletries, stuffed animals, and a security blanket.
Another great opportunity to teach children that there are others who don’t enjoy the stability of a permanent home, this charity seeks to place adoptable children who are considered “hard to place” into caring, loving homes. These children are often already school-aged, meaning they’ve passed the ideal age for adoption, which is when children are babies or toddlers. Some of these children also have physical, mental or emotional difficulties, making them more difficult to find homes for. The council helps adopting adults with the process and also provides them with support.
If you want to teach your children about giving and empathy and how it can change someone’s life, these charities are a wonderful way to do just that.