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Dec 15

Volunteering Today

The whole family is volunteering today to help feed the homeless and less fortunate at a soup kitchen.  After enough comments from our kids, especially the youngest they just don’t realize how hard life can really be and how some people aren’t as fortunate as we are so we thought it best to get them into a volunteering routine so they can see and help serve those who are less fortunate.

It is necessary for kids who grow up in middle class and upper class families to have the humility and humble nature, being able to appreciate what they have and realize how fortunate they are to be in those circumstances.  Unlike adults and grown ups who have more direct control over their fate, kids are subjected to the environment they are born and raised in.  They need to be able to help those less fortunate, donate, not just buy a toy or donate allowance for the needy but interact and interface to gain a better perspective.

It is my hope that one day my kids will be more generous and realize that philanthropy is the ultimate reward and means more to ones soul and life overall.  If you happen to earn or command a status in life that is admirable and better than most then take some time to help those who are less fortunate and need.

I am not talking about free handouts to those who do not have ambition to strive to achieve something, but truly help those who have no opportunity or capability of gaining something more without assistance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/larry.w.james Larry James

    I think this is important Justin. Our children need to see for themselves that there are others who are not as fortunate as they are. I believe that having your children interact with them is the best way to do it.

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com Justin Germino

      I agree, we got back after doing cleaning and serving breakfast and lunch for the homeless and I think it helped them realize those who are in better positions should help those less fortunate.

  • Ron

    I think it’s so important for everyone to give back what they can when they can. When the kids were little we would have them pick out a toy for toys for tots, pick a name off the tree for Salvation Army anything to help them understand that others aren’t as lucky as they are. Today they do their good deeds on their own and that makes us feel great and proud that we taught them to give back.

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com Justin Germino

      We do the Salvation Army Christmas Angel program as well, similar to Toys for Tots.