Give Back

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Teaching kids to give back is an essential element to raising responsible children.

  • Lead by example. Pay attention to needs of those around you. Is a neighbor struggling to feed her children? Is your child’s friend struggling in school? Children learn compassion from their parents, so lead your children in giving back.
  • Encourage children to give back to others. Some of the most generous people in the world are kids, so acknowledge and reinforce those positive traits!
  • Use games, and activities as a training tool. Activities and games can have an international focus. Encourage your children to use their creativity while inventing their own games. Don’t spend any money. Instead challenge kids to use everyday items and recycle trash. Take time to learn about how children in poverty live.
  • Create international crafts. Around the world, children make crafts to sell and use the profits to buy food and supplies. Your kids can make the same crafts and give back to help those kids who are living in poverty!
  • Sponsor a child who is living in poverty. This is a great way to educate your family about poverty and develop an attitude of gratitude. You’ll have opportunity to exchange letters, which will expand your family’s compassion for the poor.

Challenge your kids to give back and watch God change their hearts.

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Playing It Cool Keaton, age 11, Gentry Rose, age 7, Georgia

When Gentry Rose and her brother, Keaton, held a big sale in their yard, she realized something: “I think giving away my toys and selling them is just as much fun — or more — as still keeping them.”

The siblings held the sale to raise money for their family’s sponsored kids — Mwendwa in Kenya and Genesis in Bolivia. They sold toys, books, dress-up clothes, cookies and lemonade while telling customers about Compassion. One customer decided to sponsor a child! Keaton and Gentry Rose raised almost $600.

Keaton sold all his toys except his Legos, but he doesn’t miss them. “It made me really happy to help Mwendwa,” he says.

If I Were …
An Author

Carson, age 14, Davis, age 12, Colorado


Carson and Davis don’t read bedtime stories together anymore. They write them. These two brothers have self-published two books and have more in the works — and they donate 10 percent of the money they earn to Compassion.

If I Were a Worm … and If I Were a Fish … take young kids on the daily adventures of those animals. “We brainstorm before bed,” 14-year-old Carson says.

Carson and Davis wanted to use their books to help Compassion kids when they heard a college student speak about how Compassion helped him grow up in Africa. They hope their books encourage other people to sponsor kids, too.

“We’ve learned how important Proverbs 31:8-9 is,” Carson says. “Especially the part that says, ‘defend the rights of the poor and needy.’”