Monday, April 4, 2011
Guiding my girls
Last night I watched the Secret Millionaire on television with my 9 year old daughter. It was really quite a good show to watch together. It takes millionaires and puts them into areas of peverty in the country and without anyone knowing who they are, they volunteer and live in the destitute area. After meeting the people, seeing the faces, seeing those trying to make changes in the area, the millionaires reveal who they are and write checks to people and agencies that they learned about.
It gave my daughter a great understanding of poverty in America and also it showed different non profit agencies in that city that are trying to help these areas. The programs they showed were non profits that had no federal funding and were started and maintained by people who were truly doing what they loved, helping those who need it. This reality tv show was truly reality tv.
As I watched this with my daughter I got an idea. Why not do a monthly, family, research project about a local community agency. Find out what their mission is, who they help, who created it, how it is funded and any other important or interesting information. After we research it together as a family, we go to the agency and present them with a check from our family. Each month we will pick a different agency and give. My goal is to teach my daughters how to meet the needs of others, how to do the research , how to give, how to love, how to solve problems, and share the information with others around us.
I am hoping this turns into something we can continually do together as a family. What about you, how do you teach your kids about helping others and showing them how to serve?