A new holiday tradition is back for a second year, KINDER® Canada has again partnered with the Children’s Miracle Network for the “A Joy To Share” program. The idea is simple, visit the Kinder Canada Facebook page to create a personalised greeting card with your child, which will be shared with kids in hospital to spread some joy, and Kinder will donate $1 to the Children's Miracle Network on your behalf (up to a maximum of $25,000).
Boo and I made a card together this morning, and we'd like to share it with you:
Snow and evergreens and Santa. This is Christmas for Boo. He wanted to stick with the get well theme, since he's sad to think of any kids having to spend the holidays in the hospital when they should be home enjoying the special time of year with their families.
Giving back to our communities and helping those in need is important all year round of course, but during the holidays the need seems particularly poignant and there are plenty of opportunities to bring the message of giving home to our own kids.
We do a number of things throughout the year, including donating gently-used clothing and toys to charity and making a monthly donation to the Hospital for Sick Children to support their work. The monetary donation isn't so visible to Boo, but I make sure to include him in the vetting of his clothes and toys. He's been helping me sort since he was a toddler and he understands that our donations go to help kids who aren't as lucky as he is to have so much. At Christmas I've always made it a point with both boys to have them help me choose and purchase a new toy to donate to one of the many toy drives. I think that it's more meaningful for them when they can choose a toy they'd like to get, but then pass it on to make another child's Christmas that little bit brighter. I hope I'm succeeding in teaching them about the joys of giving!
How about you? How do you give back with your family at the holidays? Would love to hear your ideas!
Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.