The beginning of the Lenten season, I pledged to gather 40 bags for 40 days and either recycle, reuse, donate or trash them. So far, we’re on a pretty good pace.
Earlier this week, the kids gathered a fair amount of beloved books from their bookcases, plus we added all the books John Paul’s friends brought to his birthday party. We journeyed up to Dell Children’s and happily donated an entire cart full of books. Talk about gratifying. The volunteers there were so appreciative, but that was nothing compared to the smiles on my kids’ faces. Reading is one of their favorite pasttimes. I know how hard it was to part with some of those literary works.
As we walked into the hospital, I heard Anna-Laura tell Clare, “We’re giving these books to kids that don’t have ANY. They will be so happy.”
Well said, sweet girl.
If you’re looking for a way to give back to your community. Instead of having the birthday child receive gifts from friends, encourage those kids to bring gently used or new books to the birthday child. Then, donate them to your local children’s hospital, shelter or other equally worthy charity. Don’t forget to take your child with you and have them be an integral part of the donation. I say, it’s never too early to teach your kids about stewardship.