Monday, January 18, 2010
Sacrifice And Giving
The recent events in Haiti have been weighing on all of us in different ways, I'm sure. The news coverage is phenomenal. It's hard to turn on the TV and not see the devastation. The Big Picture is updating often. Recent photographs here.
I'm torn with what to discuss with Carter. We've touched on the basics and he seems to grasp the reality of the situation. While I don't want to scare or further upset him, I want him to see the differences in our lives and appreciate what we have here in the United States. The simple things......food, shelter, education, etc.
While we've always tried to instill a sense of charity in our kids, the need to give now seems to be an even greater opportunity for learning. Sacrifice....the smallest luxuries....and donate that money to the cause.
***Skip dinner out.....make a box (or two, in our house) of mac 'n cheese instead.....send $30.
***Make coffee at home......send $5.
***Do without whatever it is you can.....and send the equivalent.
And, if you feel comfortable doing so, explain your intentions with your children and show them how we can all help. Empower them to participate and sacrifice for others - even if it's as simple as trading a happy meal for dinner at home.
As I have said many times before, I believe charity is one of the greatest gifts we can give to our kids. It's also a lot more fulfilling than a quick meal with too many empty calories.
How to give:
Text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross.
Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.