It is hard to believe it is already November, and the holiday season is upon us! In this day and age, our kids are bombarded with materialism. It can be challenging to instill a sense of gratitude and generosity when there is such an emphasis on “stuff” – especially during the holidays.
Skill Builders is very proud to be sponsoring the Children’s Fair at a fantastic event called Gifts That Give Hope, which will take place on Saturday, December 9th at Discovery Elementary School in Arlington. GTGH is an alternative gift fair that promotes meaningful gift giving, and raises awareness of both local and global areas of need. Shoppers meet and learn about a variety of non-profit organizations, make a donation to organization(s) of their choice in honor of a friend or loved one, and receive a card to present as a gift. Much more meaningful than a candle or scarf!
Donating money can be very abstract for children to understand, so GTGH also offers a Children’s Fair, which aims to make donations more concrete and tangible. Children can shop a variety of items, all which cost $5, and purchase them for someone in need. Examples of these items include:
- A pack of diapers for a newborn in need
- A pair of socks for a homeless man or woman
- A gift for a child in need to put under the tree for his or her parent
- A board book for a child with special needs
- School supplies for an orphan in Haiti
- Dog treats for dogs in an animal shelter
- ….and more!
As you can see, there is a variety of causes, and the idea is that kids choose gifts that speak to them. This is a wonderful way to introduce the concept of charitable giving to even the youngest of kiddos!
To kick off the countdown to the big event, we are promoting a Kindness Challenge-complete 30 acts of kindness in 30 days! We are challenging all of our families to join the movement. What better way to get in the holiday spirit than teach our kids to think of others?
Here is our Kindness Challenge Calendar, with a suggestion for each day. You can use our ideas, or come up with your own kind acts! Be sure to post pictures on social media using #NovaKindKids so that we can see your family in action. 🙂
Join us as we spread a little kindness throughout our community!
For more information on Gifts that Give Hope, contact Children’s Fair Director Elizabeth McKenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org.