Parenting U: Helping with Charity

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Residents of Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley are very fortunate to live in an area with a strong sense of community. People throughout the area are always eager to give back to those in need.

There are a number of wonderful charities that help area children, and it is never too early for kids to get involved and help too. With recent natural disasters there are lots of reminders that people should work together to come together to help those in need.

These charities are outlined in the latest issue of Peekaboo Magazine.  The March issue of Peekaboo is the annual spotlight on non-profit issue and it's a great resource for parents looking for organizations for their children to get involved in.
It is so important in the age of "more, more, more" to stop and teach our children the value of what they have, and more importantly the value of helping others.  To get your children excited about getting involved with charity work you should talk to them about where they see a need.  You can also discuss what areas they would like to help with. If kids want to help animals you can take them to an animal shelter.  Likewise, if they're concerned about the environment you can do a recycling drive.

Benefits include: teaching a sense of responsibility, of sacrifice and tolerance. A few fun ideas to get you started even as early as this Spring Break include donating toys and clothes to the local Children's Shelter, organizing a neighborhood food drive, holding a lemonade stand and donating all proceeds to the organization of their choice,

There's also an opportunity to help out March 10, during Kids Day of Northwest Arkansas Fashion.  This event is a perfect example of choosing something that your child already has a natural interest in and turning it into a lesson in giving.  NWA Fashion Week is an entire week of fashion runway shows, in which all proceeds go to local charities. On March 10 they will have children runway shows and proceeds will go to charities centered around children.

If you're more adventurous with your charity work you can also sign up to help with disaster relief in Branson by going to www.volunteerbranson.org

For more information on how to teach kids about charities you can checkout the latest edition of Peekaboo Magazine, it's available at libraries and Chic-Fil-A Restaurants in Rogers, Bentonville, Fayetteville, and Springdale.

You can also find them online by clicking here.