Monday, April 11, 2011

Teaching Children to Serve Others

With so many people in need in our world, it seems there is always a way to reach out and help.  I loved this idea from my sister Erin who has three young children.

Upon learning of the earthquake and challenges those in Japan are facing, Erin wanted to do something to help, something that her children could get involved in.  She decided on making hygiene kits, and with her family invited several others children (and parents) in the neighborhood to contribute and help assemble the kits.

In one afternoon they were able to put together 25 hygiene kits!
They sent their kits to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Humanitarian Center knowing that they would get to the people who need them quickly.  Anyone can send in items, you don't have to be a member of the Church. 

from the LDS Humanitarian Center Website:
Current Needs at the LDS Humanitarian Center:

As the Church responds to humanitarian needs worldwide, the need for specific types of donations varies. Currently, the items listed below would be most beneficial:

Updated: April 2011

Twin and full quilts

Wood blocks

File folders

Hand puppets

Quiet books

Burrito babies

Layette gowns

Receiving blankets

Patterns for current need items are now available online.

Please refer to the Humanitarian Service Project Guidelines to make sure your donation will meet the center's standards of quality.

In addition to donations of items, donations to the Humanitarian Aid Fund are always welcome.

What a neat way to help children be involved in serving others!  What ways are you teaching your children to serve?  I'd love to hear your ideas!

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Thanks for sharing your ideas! I love to hear and learn from others!