Advent brings many different traditions. Some people hide an Elf around the house, some have daily readings, some practice daily acts of kindness. Last year, the boys and I practiced giving by delivering poinsettias throughout town, donating clothes, buying new toys & clothes for those in need. Truthfully, we’ll probably do many of those same things this year. But the year, we’re going to Give More. In lieu of creating Holiday Gift Guides for Non-Profits, my family and I are donating to a non-profit. Every day of advent.
The more I give, the less I want.
Join me, won’t you? It doesn’t have to be a lot. Keep reading to see what $1 can do…
Day 1? Blood:Water Mission
Blood:Water Mission is a grassroots organization that empowers communities to work together against the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa.
Friends: One Dollar. Less than the cup of Starbucks will give someone in Africa a year of clean water. You can donate any amount ($5 minimum) through the secure Blood:Water Donation Page.
Do you ever have those tough parenting days where you just need a win? Just a little encouragement that you’re on the right path? After this frustrating day, who knew weeds would provide the encouragement…
The boys’ VBS was collecting spare change as part of their daily offering. The money collected will be given to Blood:Water Mission, to provide clean drinking water in Africa.
This gave me the opportunity to talk to the boys about the “Share” portion of their Moonjar piggy banks. Recently, they have been asking about how they can “get coins”. At 5, they really don’t understand money. They don’t understand that a quarter is more than a penny. They don’t need allowance. But they understand that their Moonjar piggy banks hold money. And they want to fill each compartment.
As a result, they are obsessed with making money. They keep coming up with extra chores they can do around the house. Two of the boys decided that they would fill up a small wheelbarrow with weeds, for a quarter each time. They did this 6 times! Off they ran to their Moonjars and put two quarters in each: Save, Spend, Save. So excited, they went back outside and filled up three more wheelbarrows. (Yes, apparently we hadn’t weeded in awhile…) Three more quarters!
So we talked about how they could take their “Share” portion and give it away to go towards the Blood:Water offering. The best part?
They were so excited to make money to give away, I found two boys outside.
In their pajamas.
After they came home from VBS, the told me all about the people who had to walk a long way to get clean water. And that their money would go towards building them a well in their backyard. They were so excited that their pulling weeds is going to help build a well!