Why Should Kids Donate to Charity?
While raising a child who loves helping others can sound difficult in practice, it can reap huge rewards. The lessons children learn when they are young stay with them forever and shape who they become into adulthood. With a bit of guidance, children regularly and enthusiastically embrace the idea of taking care of others.
Kids that help kids learn how to focus on a cause and need greater than themselves. They shed their youthful self-centeredness and grow into selflessness. The benefit is an outward servant mindset that squeezes out the typical entitlement behavior of children.
Kids helping kids understand the heart of God and His love for the poor and needy. God instructs his children to “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:17, NIV). Donating to a charity directly or fundraising for children helps a child personalize God’s will for us and grow closer to His heart.
When children raise money for a cause they care about, it is the initial bloom of a global and other-focused heart. Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Luke 12:34, NIV)
In the process of raising money for the purposes of helping children, the young fundraiser learns about money management. He or she has to keep track of the donations, along with the donor information and donation amount, and has to deliver the funds to the organization helping the children. This give the child a chance to showcase responsibility, organization, and decision-making skills. It also boosts self-esteem.
When kids see the difference their efforts make, they become more inspired to give kids and those in need even more. They become inspired to keep doing big things. It often is just the beginning of a lifetime of philanthropy.