Like most of you, my Facebook feed has been filled with images and stories and opinions about the Syrian refugee situation. I’ve seen passion on both sides of the issue and I thought about how I feel about the issue and what lesson I wanted to pass to my children. They are still very young and don’t know anything about Syria or what a refugee is but I wanted to teach them something about helping people in need. They have seen people standing in intersections asking for money and when they ask why they are there, I explain that some people don’t have anything and have to ask for help. When I do have cash, I make it a point to give something. I have always done it. I grew up seeing my mom do it and I mirrored it. I didn’t see a lot of homelessness in Korea, it’s just not something that is very common, but when we did see people begging for change, we always gave. It’s something I want to teach my children.
I had seen a post about a year ago about making little bags of essentials to give to the homeless and I thought that this would be a perfect way to involve the kids and talk to them about how much we have and how important it is to help other people when you can. We talked about it a little before heading to the dollar store to pick up supplies. Here is what we picked up:
We spent around $30-32 dollars for supplies for four bags. Here is what we put in each individual bag:
- Warm socks
- Cough Drops + Vitamin C Drops
- Toothbrush + Toothpaste
- Tuna Salad Kit
- Mandarin Oranges
- Hand Sanitizer
- Bath Wipes
- Water (doesn’t fit in the gallon ziploc bag but will be handed out with the bag)
I thought about the basics that would help them and found everything we needed at the dollar store. The kids had fun picking things out and we headed home to stuff the bags. We talked about how they had a warm house, beds, family, food, and could take baths and wear clean clothes and how some people didn’t have any of those things and how sad that was and how it was important for us to help when we were able to.
And obviously, the girls had to also stuff in some art work 🙂
It was a good experience for all of us and something that I plan on continuing once we go through the bags we made. Going into the Thanksgiving holiday, I hope we can all stop and think about everything that we have and truly appreciate how fortunate we are. I won’t lie and say that I never forget how fortunate I am because I still bitch about #firstworldproblems all the time and want the newest tech or camera gear, but I am trying to be better. Not just for myself, but to be an example to the little people I’m helping to mold.
Here’s to being the change in the world <3
Have you done something similar? How do you help those in need? How have you taught your children about thankfulness and helping others? I’d love to hear feedback so we can find other ways to help as well!
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