Every Christmas we work with school counselors and nurses in Appalachia to identify children from working families, in extreme need. These are kids who live in Ohio and go home on the weekends not knowing if they will have food to eat... these are children who ask for necessities, like shampoo, blankets, and pillows over video games and computers from Santa. This year we have 49 children who are in looking for an angel for the holidays. If you would like to make a difference by 'adopting' and shopping for one of these children we would greatly appreciate it! Typically people spend $90-$140 per child and take their kids along to shop for a child in need, sharing them the importance of giving and empathy.
Teaching our children the importance lessons of giving and one way that this can be done is by getting them involved in volunteering early! This year, we will be taking our little boy, Elliot (9 months old), to shop and drop off holiday gifts to families in need. While he may be too little at this point, this will be a new family tradition!
You can find more information on how to give for the 2016 holiday season here!