One of the best ways to learn something new is to just do it. You can read all you want about a new hobby, a new sport, whatever it is. But until you actually do it, it’s not real.
So, as parents, we want our kids to grow up with compassion. With love for their neighbor. With a heart that desires to help others. As much as it’s important to talk through these things with them, they won’t fully grasp it until they starting “doing”. I’ve been struggling with finding ways to serve others with three (very energetic) 5 year old boys.
But, thanks to my friend Cara, we found our first place to serve.
Check out her post on volunteering with her 6 year old, on her blog Cara Soulia Photography. It is a wonderful journey that starts with sorting clothes and ends with her son discovering an unspoken need. Read the full blog post here.
Cradles to Crayons (located in Boston and Philadelphia)
Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.
GIVE TIME: If you live near Boston or Philadelphia, Cradles to Crayons’ Giving Factory is a great place to volunteer alongside your children.
GIVE MONEY: Live elsewhere? You can still donate money. Per their site,
$25 can give one child a personalized package of essential items.
$15 will give a child in-need a new backpack for the school year.
GIVE LOVE (AND CLOTHES): Need another way to give? Go through your children’s closets and donate their outgrown gently used clothing. This will give us something to sort through while we serve at the Giving Factory!
I look forward to taking the boys there to donate and sort through clothes and toys. But thanks to Cara’s experience, I now know to bring a few packages of new underwear for the children.