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3 Ways Kids Can Help Haiti

3 Ways Kids Can Help Haiti

Last Sunday, I watched actress, Meryl Streep well up with tears when she referenced the earthquake in Haiti during her acceptance speech at the Golden Globe awards. She said she was torn between putting on her “happy movie-star face” and knowing what was going on in the real world. She also mentioned she thought of her mother, who would have advised her to be grateful that she has the money to donate to Partners in Health.

Let’s face it, most of us are not movie stars with multi-million dollar bank accounts. But, we are capable of extreme empathy and wanting to help. People in the media, from Streep to Clinton/Bush are encouraging giving cash in the wake of Haitian tragedy. While not everyone can give cash, there is something in the midst of all this giving that is important for our children to learn.

As a teacher who had to start my first day of school in New York the day after 9/11, I know that children develop a sense of empathy when they learn about the difficult circumstances of other children and families. Teaching environmental and global awareness to kids is paramount. Kids instinctively want to help others, but they usually can’t all give cash.

3 Ways Kids Can Help:

1. Fundraise
Unplug Your Kids has a wonderful list of fundraising ideas that kids can participate in.

2. Learn More
The New York Times provides satellite photos from GeoEye that show Port-au-Prince before and after the January 12th earthquake. It is a very cool interactive learning tool. The more knowledge, the more kids are motivated to help.

3. Make Something and Donate It
Craft Hope
shares handmade goods with the less fortunate. They are collecting donated wares from crafters in the Etsy community. The Etsy store, Craft Hope for Haiti is accepting and selling handmade goods to benefit Haitian relief efforts.

If your family decides to donate money, consider discussing with your children where your money will go. They may want to help in the decision-making process. Kid’s can directly relate to giving to children and animal charities. American Humane, is dedicated to protecting both children and animals. UNICEF and Save The Children have active emergency campaigns funds for Haiti.

Just think how big the payoff will be if every parent takes this horrific tragedy and uses it to encourage global awareness, empathy and a giving spirit in their kids.

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.

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1:28AM PDT on May 23, 2011

I really love the way you have organized your blog. Superb style and design..and well-maintained.. Kids Mosquito Nets Canopy

12:22PM PDT on Mar 22, 2011

Nice to hear. Thanks.

5:25AM PST on Nov 21, 2010

these are really helpfull

2:39AM PST on Nov 11, 2010

Thanks

10:23AM PDT on Aug 26, 2010

Children who grow up with caring, compassionate parents who emphasize the importance of sharing with those those less fortunate will do the same. Giving isn't only about money-it is an attitude of helping others when we can.Spelling Games

2:23PM PDT on May 19, 2010

Awesome!

6:12PM PDT on May 7, 2010

thank you

7:16PM PDT on May 6, 2010

Yes! I highly encourage this to all the children in the world! God bless...

6:39AM PDT on Apr 29, 2010

good article

2:37PM PDT on Apr 21, 2010

This is great; I will definitely try and organize a fundraiser soon!

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