Sunday, July 14, 2013

kids give back - volunteering

"When I approach a child, he inspires me in two sentiments; tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become."
-Louis Pasteur, French chemist and microbiologist 

I started this blog in September 2012 as a means of sharing information relevant to places and activities that foster a healthy and educational childhood for our children.  It is a privilege to investigate each and every place we highlight here and my children and I never take these experiences for granted.  We are aware that not all children have access to such a childhood.

 On more than one occasion, PMK readers have reached out to me with questions regarding ways our children can help within our community; most especially ways our children can volunteer their time to help those less fortunate.  Often our children are still too young to meet the guidelines of the age requirement of a given organization's volunteer status.  There are ways to work around that so your child can still be a big force as a volunteer in our community. Here are a few of my favorite ways for local kids to reach out and help others...

  • My Sister's House - here is a supply list I received from this amazing organization. Your donations can be dropped at designated sites or you can get a few friends together to accumulate resources and then call to arrange a local pickup.  You may also want to contact My Sister's House to ask for any immediate children's birthday needs and your child can choose a special gift for an anonymous friend in need. Making a birthday card for another child who otherwise might not receive one can create a powerful life-long lesson in helping others. For more information click here

My Sister’s House, Inc.
Children’s Program School Supplies Wish List

The Children’s Program at My Sister’s House was developed to better assist the children who are victims of domestic violence. The program provides educational and therapeutic activities for children ages four to 17.
Education, time and space are given to the children as they begin the healing from their emotional wounds. They learn to nurture themselves and one another, and to recognize that their emotions and feelings are normal for what they have gone through.
Help support our organization by donating wish list items to help us provide necessary school supplies for every child that stays at our shelter.

Book bags
Composition notebooks
Pronged/non-pronged folders
Pencil boxes
Index Cards
Filler Paper

Other Items:
Children snacks and drinks (i.e. chips, pop corn, juice boxes, etc)
Gift cards for those unexpected needs (Target, Wal-Mart)
Young male hygiene products (clippers, shaving cream)
Size 4, 5, and 6 pampers/pull-ups
Infant/toddler cold medicine
Thank you for your support!

  • Keys For Hope - run by kids who are helping Crisis Ministries raise funds and build a new homeless shelter in downtown Charleston. Check out their cool website to get involved here.

  • Run or walk for a cause. This is my all time favorite way to link kids with their community and a specific cause while getting outdoors and some family exercise too. Pick one or two to participate in this year! Visit this great site for all the links to running clubs and organized fun runs fun runs for kids  
And check out the Post and Courier's own running blogger David Quick here for up to the minute running info

  • Beach Sweep/ River Sweep Charleston- grab a bag and join others to canvas the beach for debris. It's a great way to connect with our local beaches - perfect for kids of all ages! click here for more info  

  • Take a stand... and create your own lemonade stand to raise money for the cause of your choice. How cute is this cardboard stand?!  
To order from box creations, click here

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