Wednesday, 12 October 2011

The Fourth Pillar: Give Intentionally

"He who gives while he lives, gets to know where it goes." Percy Ross.

“There are many ways to give. This is my story…” 

When you ask kids and teens what their story is you’ll be inspired. We know - we asked them. 

Four Quarter$ ran a writing contest asking young people, ages 6 - 18, to share their experiences with the power of giving. Wow, what a response!  From right across Canada, the stories came in. They reflected the common held desire young people have to help out and give. 

By showing our children how to Give Intentionally they learn they have the power to make a difference in the world, that purposeful and deliberate action leads to positive change.  It teaches them how to: 

  • acknowledge and celebrate what they have.
  • think about others.
  • show gratitude and say thank you. 
  • inspire others. 
  • feel good about themselves. 
  • make a difference in someone else’s life. 
  • participate in building community. 

How to get them started 

Have a conversation, what they would like to give to family and friends for an upcoming celebration? Encourage them to share, in the many ways they can give - time, talents and money to name a few. 

Give them examples of young people who have given back to their community. Research together, as a family the work done by various charities around the corner and around the world. Talk about where they would like to make a difference for others and how they can make that happen. 

There are many ways to give…let’s ask the children, they will show us the way. 

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