Can children be taught kindness and gratitude? Certainly. Children learn by example. They will feel the goodness that comes from giving and want to help others. Offering children opportunities to serve and be kind will increase their self-esteem, empathy and interpersonal skills. During difficult and stressful times, taking positive action is empowering and gives children a sense of control. Seeking those who need help draws us out of our own world and we can learn of others' difficulties, cultures, and countries. When children help our American soldiers they may come to realize how precious our own country is compared to other places in the world.
- Operation Gratitude: Programs include writing letters, donating beanie babies, making scarfs and cooling neckbands, recycling cell phones, donating Halloween Candy, collecting money to donate for care packages and many more opportunities. Teachers are needed to have students write letters.
- Troops Support.com lists many agencies needing a wide range of services.
- Kids Thank a Veteran
- Overseas Coupon Program- Children could cut coupons and mail
- Visit an airport and welcome troops returning home
- Visit a Veteran's hospital with cards, notes or drawings showing appreciation.
WAYS YOU CAN HELP CHILDREN WHO HAVE LOVED ONES SERVING:
If you are not sure if an agency is legitimate, see U.S. Troops: Ways to Support - all verified by the United States Department of Defense.
Our project this year is to have the primary children at church write letters or draw pictures for soldiers. I explained a little about what soldiers do and how they protect our freedoms and help other countries have more freedoms. Some children had family members serving or previously served and they had a chance to shine as they talked about their father or relative. I answered their questions and a child explained how her class had sent packages to soldiers. Then I asked them to draw happy pictures.
|A happy clown.|
I would like to express my gratitude for our American solders. My husband, brothers, father and many family members and ancestors have served in our nation's military - helping to obtain, protect and preserve the freedoms we experience in America. I was fortunate that relatives researched our ancestors back to John Allen and Myles Standish - Captain of the Mayflower. Perhaps that is why I feel so patriotic and protective our our country. I deeply appreciate our heroes willing to sacrifice and serve.
You might be interested in my post ARK: Acts of Random Kindness for Kids and Adults with Free Printables with many ideas and agencies needing assistance.
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