Sometimes we don’t realize how blessed we are just to have our health, a place to sleep, and safety. This week, my four-year old Taylor has been sick and as a parent it felt like the end of the world because no parent wants to see their child ill or uncomfortable. Yesterday, on our way from the doctor’s office, she spotted a man sleeping under the viaduct and she said why is that man sleeping outside, why doesn’t he go home. I explained to her that some people aren’t fortunate to have a place to live because they may not have a job or money, and her response was, why don’t they just go to the bank? I chuckled and said, the bank doesn’t just give out money (although I wish they did), people have to work for money and then they put it in the bank. She said oh….
Overtime I will be sharing with you great causes that I have come across, and feel free to share some with me, as we look to help other people out that might be sick, down on their luck, living in a third-world country, or just need help. I know you may be thinking, “hey, I’m struggling too”, but supporting doesn’t always take money.
Here’s a way you can get involved today:
Ronald McDonald House Charities help families that have children that are hospitalized with life-threatening illnesses or diseases. RMHC has partnered with HP to provide encouragement to families living in their houses. All you have to do is visit www.hpesmiles.com and send an eSmile to the Chicago Ronald McDonald House and HP will donate $1 to that home to continue to provide care. The eSmile can be a poem, note, picture, or whatever you think can make the day of someone else. Their goal to raise $50,000 by April 15th.
Have a great weekend!
I hope you all had a great extended weekend! Yesterday was observed to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His life should be a great inspiration to all of our lives and should inspire us to do more, as he lived such a life dedicated to being a blessing to other people. This quote by Dr. King really inspired this post.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
My husband and I were talking at the end of 2011 about how we wanted as a family to do more community service projects with our kids and in 2012 we wanted to be in a situation to be even more of a blessing to people. I think that as parents we have to teach as well as let our children see us serving and helping people who are sick and less fortunate than us. We want to raise our children as a generation of doers. Kids that think about others before themselves and are always thinking of ways to help others.
I compiled a list of volunteer activities for your kids and things you can do together as a family:
- Pick up litter or garbage in your neighborhood
- Make treats such as cookies or cakes for a senior or nursing home
- Collect food, clothing, and toys for the needy and deliver them to shelters
- Have a teddy bear drive and deliver them to a homeless shelter
- Make holiday or birthday cards for sick children in hospitals
- Sign up to serve at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter
- Hold bake sales to raise money for the needy or good causes
Here are some organizations that you can partner with to find volunteer activities:
Know of other organizations or activities? Let me hear from you….Leave a comment.