Monday, March 3, 2014

Spring Cleaning


March is here, finally. You can begin to see light at the end of the snow tunnel. I know snow can still be in the forecast but you have to admit that you are hopeful that Spring is indeed just around the corner. One of the activities that I always involved my kids in had to do with donating clothing to groups that impacted their community. There are multiple objectives here:
  • Most importantly it is the concept that regardless of your age, you can help someone.
  • You also have to make decisions-- do we donate, keep or toss? The donate pile needed to be at least the second highest in height.
  • All donations needed to be in good wearable shape, so next came learning/practicing the skills of sorting, washing & folding. Don't just jam things in a bag.
  • Allow your children to help deliver the donations and see that there are real people they are giving these things to, not just a big dumpster in a parking lot.

Doing this simple bit of "Spring Cleaning" offers more than just tidy closets for children. It offers them real opportunities to demonstrate generosity year round.

Submitted by
Chris Gallant


“A man’s true wealth is the good he does in this world.”
 ~Muhammad

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