Teaching Charity

I am a person who is deeply interested in the welfare of others. In that vein, I try to contribute to the welfare of others whenever possible. I volunteer for different causes that interest me. I make an effort to contribute to my community. I try to be kind, and I encourage my child to do the same. Since my daughter started having birthday parties at age four, she’s always donated to a particular cause for her birthday. Once, this was the local hospital for children. Twice, it’s been animal rescue organizations. This year she decided to raise money for … Continue reading

IHOP is Giving Away Free Pancakes – For a Good Cause

Every year, IHOP celebrates National Pancake Day by giving away a short stack of pancakes, for free, to everyone who comes to their restaurants. They ask that you leave a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This year, Free Pancake Day is on February 28, 2012. IHOP is an abbreviation for International House of Pancakes. The restaurant serves more than just pancakes, but it is their pancakes that made them famous. In addition to several varieties of pancakes, IHOP has other breakfast items on their menu. They also have selections that are more appropriate for lunch or dinner, if that … Continue reading

Giving Back

With the economy still in the dumpster, a record number of Americans searching for work, and people pinching pennies to make ends meet, it may be hard to fathom that there are individuals financially worse off than you. As the sun dips below the horizon on the last day of 2011, now is a good time to assess what you really have. In all likelihood you have an abundance of material possessions, some of which can help improve your financial situation. If you are in need of quick cash, go through your closets and garage and see what items you … Continue reading

Celebs Serve Up Thanksgiving Dinner

If you are like me, you are probably still stuffed from eating too much Thanksgiving dinner yesterday. That is, unless you’ve been fighting crowds since 4 a.m. this morning for Black Friday, then you might have worked a bit off. Some celebrities decided to give back to the community this week to celebrate the holidays. Kirk Douglas and his wife Anne were among the celebrities at the 75th anniversary Thanksgiving dinner for the Los Angeles Mission on Wednesday. Each year, the Los Angeles Mission offers a hot Thanksgiving dinner to those who are homeless or hungry. Chef Roy Choi brought … Continue reading

Making Thanksgiving Memories

For kids, Thanksgiving pales in comparison to holidays in which they get to unwrap more than just some silverware from a cloth napkin. In fact, for some youngsters Turkey Day can be downright boring. Save for stuffing herself with bird and her favorite pumpkin pie, my 7-year-old sees the holiday as simply the day before she can start using her red Sharpie to countdown to Christmas on the calendar. Of course, having whiny kids underfoot while trying to prepare a feast for 20 is no picnic for parents either. This is why it pays to be prepared. Keeping children entertained … Continue reading

Giving Time

One of the most virtuous things that you can teach your children is how to give of themselves to those that are less fortunate. Teaching them how to do this will help them not to focus on themselves only. Volunteering and other acts of kindness will help them to learn many other wonderful and humble traits, such as being patient. Volunteering our time was commonplace in our house. With deliberation I made sure that we had a new project each year to do something nice for someone less fortunate. Some of our projects included raising money for the local animal … Continue reading

Pride vs. Charity

Let’s face it. We’ve all had times in our lives when we’ve had to receive hand-outs. At least, we perceived them as hand-outs—chances are, they were lovingly given offerings of help. But it’s hard to accept them in the same spirit sometimes. We want to be self-sufficient, and when we fall on hard times, it can be difficult to accept help without feeling bad about it. There is a certain amount of self-esteem that comes with providing for yourself, but there are times when it can cross a line and become pride, which is hurtful to you and your family. … Continue reading

Sensible Gift Giving

For the people in your life that have way too many “things” consider giving sensibly this year. Americans love to spend money and buy “things”. They enjoy buying for themselves, as well as others. Even though it is a very generous and thoughtful characteristic to have, it is not practical. Over time these “things” add up and you either have to donate to charity frequently, throw things away or store them away just in case you “may need it someday”. Even though it is very cute, your mother does not need another knick-knack. She probably also does not need another … Continue reading

The Gift of Giving

Dreading all the gifts you’ll receive this holiday season that are probably just going to collect dust on a shelf? Why not start a new tradition with your family and friends while also teaching your children the importance and joy of giving? * Donate money to a cause. Instead of spending your money on gifts for each other, pick a charity or organization that you all believe in and donate the money to them. This time of year, shelters for both people and animals could use an increase in donations as the weather becomes colder. * Go through your old … Continue reading

Charity Begins at Home

You know that old saying, charity begins at home? Well here is how it can really benefit your household. I am frequently at war with myself. On the one hand, I don’t like clutter and disorganization. On the other hand, I tolerate quite a bit of it because of two main reasons: I have a husband and three kids who are not quite so intolerant of clutter (and being madly in love with all of them, I am a big softie), and I grew up in a household where nothing could be put to waste. So, not surprisingly, if you … Continue reading