The Parent-Teacher-Child Connection: Help Without Leaving Home or Spending any Money!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Help Without Leaving Home or Spending any Money!

People who help others inspire me.  They might help people, animals, or the environment.  It doesn't matter.  Help is help.  Psychologists agree that when young people look outward for satisfaction, rather than inward, they mature faster and have a more positive outlook on life.  Therefore, during these hot days of summer or frigid days of winter, I've found that there are a few ways you can help others without leaving home and some of these philanthropies don't involve spending any of your own money.  Families can do these and teachers can use some of them as a classroom philanthropy!
  • Click here http://www.thehungersite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=1 and each click sends food to starving people around the world.  Look at the top of the website and you'll see seven other philanthropies where a simple click makes a difference.  If you're looking for a unique birthday present, buy from these folks and a portion of your purchase price also helps their cause. 
  • A similar website (http://clicktogive.com/) will send you an email reminder to click every day and offers rewards for clicking!
  • Looking for new school shoes?  Some children don't have enough money for new shoes.  So, if you buy shoes at http://www.toms.com/, they will donate one pair of shoes for each pair bought at their website. 
  • Do you have a bunch of old greeting cards - both new and used?  Then send only the fronts to http://www.stjudesranch.org/help_card.php   The folks at St. Jude's Ranch transform them into marketable greeting cards as fund raisers for their ranch for children.  They also accept Campbell Soup labels and Boxtops for Education.
This is only a partial list of the ways you can help.  If you find any others, please post them here for others to see.

Happy Parenting and Happy Teaching!

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