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A little bit of charity

Submitted by PAUL C on November 21 2012 10:11 AM

This weekend was a rainy one. It was a perfect time to get my boys to help me sort through the many toys, books and DVD’s they have accumulated over the past few years.

Many of them are in perfect condition and ready for a new home. I am trying to explain to them the importance of giving to others in need. There are children very ill in hospital, there are many whose families may be unable to afford toys and others that simply don’t have enough food to eat.

Sometimes it can be hard to explain the realities of life to young children. “But Santa gives all kids presents Mum” says my six year old. Of course I can’t go about spoiling the magic of Santa, but they need to know that life can be far from perfect.

I remember back to when I was a kid and my parents giving away my much loved tricycle to a neighbouring family going through a tough time. I didn’t quite appreciate it then - in fact many tears were shed. Now I really admire them for doing it.

I don’t intend giving my boys bikes away just yet, but I am really glad that both of them helped to sort toys they have outgrown into several boxes. We intend to deliver them to the local children’s hospital and family charities throughout the week.

It’s never too early to think about others - especially at this time of year. What do you think? Cocoon them or include them in these sort of activities?

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