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I consider myself to be a charitable person.  I always have the desire to give, to help, to serve others that are in need.

Growing up, my mom always instilled in me the sense that there were others in need and we have an obligation to try to help whenever we can.

I will never forget as a child going to help serve a meal to those in need on Christmas Day.  It had a profound impact on me as a young person to realize that there were people who didn’t have food (as I was complaining about not getting that pair of UGG boots or guess jeans that I wanted…).

One of Maddox’s preschool classmates recently wanted to give to children in our area in need ( he is 4, what a cutie!).  He asked the familes to donate toys that would go to Northwest Children’s Outreach.

Yesterday, we had the opportunity to accompany him to deliver the toys to the charity and the kids were able to see how this wonderful organization provides bags to children with clothing, books, toys, etc…on a weekly basis, year round.

I don’t think it really sunk in with Maddox that there are children out there who don’t have clothing, food, and books ( as he sits here on the iPad…), but I still feel like it is never too early to instill a sense of charity in our kids.

I think we are going to try to go on Wednesday nights when we can, and help fill bags as a way to start to get the boys out there.

That begs the question…

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When and how can we begin to expose our children to the reality that others are in need without destroying their sense of wonder and security?

I have struggled with this for some time.  I want to get my boys out there to help others and gain a sense of appreciation for what we have.    Sometimes though, the world is a scary place and reality is hard to see…

How do you instill a sense of charity and appreciation in your family?