Last Christmas I shared how many of you tackle the clutter and avoid overloading gifts with your kids by doing regular clean ups and donating items that are no longer loved and being used often. One thing I love to do is take a bag or box to Goodwill because not only do I get to give an item a new lease on life, but because there are so many other benefits as well. For example did you know that Goodwill actually helps fund job training and placement opportunities for people with disabilities or disadvantages in your community?
Is there graffiti in Kazakhstan? Do you like living in Nigeria? Is your food spicy or sweet? Are there rich people there? Have you ever been on a plane before? In the new short film “The World Is as Big or as Small as You Make It,” students from Philadelphia use technology to connect with peers around the world in touching, cross-cultural exchanges. Continue reading
Every year our Girl Scout troop picks a service project that we can do as a Mother-Daughter event. We’ve helped packed lunches for kids in need, made blankets for kids in the hospital through Project Linus, and this year, we held a shoe-cutting party for Sole Hope. (see a list of fantastic service projects for kids here!) The pieces we cut out of recycled jeans would be used to make shoes for kids in Uganda, preventing infections from jiggers that live in the sand. Volunteering and service projects help teach kids empathy and instill compassion- two essential traits of little world citizens!
Did you know that 1 in 5 kids is at risk for child hunger, affecting every county in the US?! That means that 16 million kids in the US aren’t getting the food they need. It’s mind-blowing, it’s tragic, and it’s in our own backyards.
My kids and I recently connected with a local organization that helps to fight child hunger; we donated lunch items, and spent the afternoon assembling lunches for kids in need. Here’s how you can get involved in your area. Continue reading