I really wanted my children to learn about money and saving while they were young and we came up with the Giving Jar.
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December Make A Difference Challenge: Children For Children Christmas Concert
This month’s challenge is a great way to teach your children to give instead of focusing on what they will get this Christmas. They will enjoy sharing their talents and their gift of giving will be a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season.
November Make a Difference Challenge: Thanking the Troops
Show our military and veterans that we appreciate them and the sacrifices they give to keep us free. Whether you support what they are doing or not, keep in mind these brave men and women leave their families at home and make the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
October Make a Difference Challenge: Breast Cancer Awareness
The pink ribbon lapel pin has become a powerful symbol to increase awareness about breast cancer, and it’s easy to make for yourself and your friends. Follow these directions to make your own pink ribbon lapel pin; no sewing required!
August Make a Difference Challenge: Lemonade and Magic
We have chosen this summer to be a “Summer of Service.” I know summer is coming to an end for many of you, but there is still time to make some lemonade for a good cause! Here is what our kids have done with a little lemonade and some magic.
July Make a Difference Challenge: Hold a Family or Neighborhood Yard Sale for Charity
This is the time for yard sales and it is a great time to de-clutter your home and life. Simplifying is a wonderful thing, especially when you can make a difference in other’s lives by doing so.
June Make a Difference Challenge: Host a Neighborhood Block Party
The days are getting longer and the nights warmer. Barbeque season is in the air and it is the perfect time to get together with your neighbors and build a greater sense of community. Get your children involved in creating flyers to hand out around your neighborhood. Make sure to include the date, time, place, […]
May Make a Difference Challenge: Emergency Preparedness
In the wake of an onslaught of natural disasters it seems only appropriate that we take time to prepare. If we teach our children the importance of preparation and set an example we will be making a difference. When we are prepared we will be in a better position to assist and help others if […]
April Make a Difference Challenge: Celebrate Earth Day
Earth Day is April 22, 2011. Here are some great ideas for your family to celebrate Earth Day and make a difference by caring for our world: Clean up garbage at a park or in your neighborhood. Ride your bike or walk wherever you go. Plant a tree or start your garden. Make a pinecone […]
March Make a Difference Challenge: Make a Loan Through Kiva
This month is focused on helping those around the world! We first came across a company called KIVA (http://www.kiva.org) while seeing the founders on Oprah. Their way of helping others in their businesses through micro loans is amazing! We started giving loans right away. For birthdays or Christmas we include a KIVA gift certificate. The kids […]
January Make a Difference Challenge
Gratitude is the Greatest Gift A tragedy before Christmas took the life of a father and husband much too young. He was a hard worker and always willing to help where ever he was needed. He went to work like every other day except that on this morning he had let his wife sleep in […]
Have you been BOO’d yet?! A FUN Halloween Tradition
If you haven’t been Boo’d, you’re missing out on a fun Halloween tradition. This is a great way to start off the holiday season and strengthen ties with neighbors. A Boo-Gram is a mysterious note you leave on a neighbor’s door with a bag of treats. The note is usually a poem. You also leave a large […]