Charities for Kids to Support
Animal Rescue League of Boston. My kids love to do things to help animals. The MSPCA is another good one, but we are fortunate that we also have a local Animal Rescue League of Boston here in Dedham which is two towns over. This year my son had a joint birthday party with his friend Brendan, and in lieu of presents, they asked for dog and toys, dog and cat food and other items off their wish list. They collected a small box full of items and they are excited to make a delivery.
First Book is partnering with our Multicultural Children’s Book Day event on January 27th. We all are striving to get multicultural books into the hands of underserved kids and First Book has delivered more than 120 million new books to schools and programs serving children in need, but more is still needed. If your kids ever think about kids who have no books of their own and want to help, steer them to First Book. They can volunteer by setting up a fundraising event themselves. It’s as easy as asking for donations instead of gifts at a birthday party!
Kids can relate to being hungry. Share Our Strength is a great national organization, but we are lucky to have many local options. There are 3 food banks in my town as well as The Greater Boston Food Bank which serves my community and a lot of others. Our elementary school does a food drive but kids don’t always feel like they are actually doing something other than lugging in a can from the pantry.
They might want to run their own food drive by leaving a flyer at neighbors’ houses and going back to pick up the donation. (Our letter carriers do a food drive and our local boy scout did one this way too.)
There was nothing more satisfying than the 5th graders at my elementary school who were allowed to load up the truck with our school’s donations and bring them to the food bank. That is such a great feeling and is truly a gift that keeps on giving.
Gifts That Give Back
Chocolates That Give Back
Don’t feel bad eating or gifting these chocolates from Compartes! 40 percent of proceeds benefit Relief International’s efforts in Darfur and directly help feed malnourished children as well as fund a women’s help center. Made from Compartes gourmet chocolate, caramel and more adorned with colorful African graphics, paired with 1 Relief Beads bracelet for a 3-in-one gift: chocolates, bracelet and a gift of your donation to Darfur. $20 for 5 piece chocolate set plus bead bracelet.
Pencils to Kids Who Really Need Them
12 KITE First Edition Pencils; proudly made in the USA. Each pencil pack comes packaged in a kraft box with your very own KITE tag. For every pencil pack purchased, we give one to a child in need. KITE partners with organizations and schools committed to eliminating the barriers of education both domestically and internationally, where kids in attendance are living below the poverty line. $10 for 12 pencils.
Knits to Stay Warm
Krochet Kids Headwear empowers women in Northern Ugandan and Peru to make handmade items, securing sustainable livelihoods for each of them. Among the many items sold by Krochet Kids, the knit caps and other headwear make great, wintery gifts. This is great for us because we live in Boston!
The Jackson knit cap is $29.95.
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p.s. I have a few more ideas for Teaching Kids About Charities.
BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12 is a book that I created to highlight books written by authors who share the same marginalized identity as the characters in their books.