There’s always someone who has more than you. And of course, someone who has much less. I think about that and remind myself to “Be grateful.”
I have also made sure to show my four children its important to be grateful and to always help others who need it.
While they actively participate in food and clothing drives with me and trips to drop things off at GoodWill (and other charities) is very normal for them, there was a time I made sure to show them we really needed to pay it forward in a way we could.
After Superstorm Sandy hit many parts of the tri-state area, our neighborhood joined in relief efforts to help the Rockaways. One night my daughter and I opened the linen closet housing all of the beauty and skincare samples I had been sent and packed 80% of them up. Toothbrushes, lotion, tampons, brushes, soap and many other things filled tote after tote and we walked them over to the donation meet-up location.
This is a photo of maybe 10% of what we donated that evening.
A few days later when she was at a sleepover, my two older sons and I cleared off a bookshelf of their books and packed up clothing they no longer wore and walked it over to the donation meet up for those items.
While packing up everything to donate to children in the Rockaways, I discussed why we were giving away things from our home. My three older children already knew my thought “Give Three, Get One” where they would let three things go in the trash or to charity in order for one new thing to be allowed in our home. It had always worked but with the many things leaving that were theirs I had to do some age appropriate explaining about why those families needed what we had.
We wanted to make sure families who had lost everything were able to have one thing less on their recovery to-do list because of us. At the donation drop-off locations, we knew the volunteers were smiling after seeing the donations we brought in. We hope that when the families in the Rockaways received our donations, they also managed to smile a bit.
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