My husband and I think that teaching your kids about charity at a young age is very important. Our two oldest are four and five and recently we decided it was time for them to have a lesson in charity and why it is so important to give.
Our kids have an over abundance of toys, we knew we needed to go through them and get rid of some. We usually do this when the kids are spending a day with Grandma but this time we decided the kids needs to be there while we did it and they needed to be the ones to pick what toys they wanted to donate.
We sat both of the kids down and told them what the plan was, the moment they heard us say get rid of some toys they started to argue. After awhile they settled down and we started talking about why they needed to give. We told them there are many kids in the world that do not have a lot of toys and would love to have some of the toys that they never even play with anymore. We told them it would make kids very happy and that they had more then enough to begin with. Our four year old daughter was really sad when we told her that some little girls have no dolls or ponies to play with and she was ready to give some way. Our five year old son was not thrilled with the idea but he agreed he would find some items to give.
I went upstairs with them and helped them sort through toys. I asked them both to fill a garbage full of items and I was really surprised how quickly they were able to do it. It took us less then fifteen minuets to fill both bags and we even managed to do it without any tears.
Alex decided to give his two big dump trucks he has not played recently, some monster trucks, a helicopter and a few small action figures. Destiny gave two baby dolls, some dress up clothes, a stuffed care bear and a few ponies.
We took the kids with when we donated the items. Alex said he was a little sad to give his toys away but he knew it would make another little boy happy to have those dump trucks. I am really proud at how well they both did with the process and I am hoping to teach them both to have a heart for charity.