The Giving Box

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Recently I heard an awesome presentation at a moms’ group I am involved in on how to raise a child that is a giver. Since we are approaching Thanksgiving I was inspired to share one of the simple ideas that my family has adopted.

It is called “The Giving Box” and what I loved most about the idea is that it encourages regular giving throughout the year and not just at the holidays. This is how it works!

The goal is to include your children in the project so that they feel like they are a part of it. The first step is to make your Giving Box.

I wanted to make it a fun project, so one day when my oldest had a friend over for a play date I got an old file box with handles, paint, and let the girls go to town decorating it.

There was something about painting a box that was particularly interesting and fun for them!

Now, once a week when we do grocery shopping, we let our kids pick out one non-perishable item for their Giving Box (with a little guidance!)

When unloading the groceries, they are responsible for taking their item and putting it in their Giving Box, which we keep in the garage.

When the box is filled up, I will take them to a local charity in need of donated food items and want to continue to do this throughout the year as we continue to fill our Giving Box.

There is a local charity close to us called Share Our Selves that provides food, clothing, and emergency financial aid to the thousands of homeless and financially disadvantaged right here in Orange County. where we plan to take our Giving Box items.

Click here for more information on donations.

I know there are many local charities serving those in need in OC, so I would love for people to comment and let our readers know of charities near you that would benefit from your family’s Giving Box.

Second Harvest Food Bank in Irvine is another large organization fighting to eliminate hunger in OC and takes food donations Monday – Friday 9 – 3pm. Click here for more information.

My husband and I are both running the Turkey Trot in Dana Point on Thanksgiving morning to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Is anyone else running this race with us?

Again I would love to hear from you! Do you have any ideas of how you teach your kids the concept of giving? Any favorite local charities you would like to share? I love the idea of this local project, as there are families right here in our own backyard that could use our help.

Have a great weekend everyone! See you back on Monday!



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  1. 1
    Ashleigh says:

    Great idea!

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    Leslie says:

    I love this idea! I have been trying to teach my kids how fortunate they are, but at 4 and 6 they really don’t get it. I am definitely going to make a giving box for food, and maybe we can make another for clothes and toys??? Have fun on the turkey trot. I have been wanting to sign up for that…perhaps you have just motivated me…

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    Dr Selena says:

    Love this idea! My 8 and 9 year old kids often go through their gently used toys and books that they no longer read and pass them on to those in need – or younger friends. They are quite proud when handing over these well loved items!

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    Jen says:

    I am so happy you like the idea! I got really inspired thinking of the impact we could make if a lot of families reading this today started their own Giving Box. Many people need help right here in OC.

    Thanks for your support ladies – it means a lot!

  5. 5

    I love it Jen! So great.

  6. 6
    Jessica says:

    Such a great idea!!

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    Pam says:

    I love this! And it’s great that it lasts all year, not just holiday giving.

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    Karen says:

    Love this, will use with grandkids. When my kids were young they used to adopt endangered species. Now at the holidays they choose the charity they want me to donate to in their name.

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