Thank you Allstate for sponsoring this post. I chose to write this post because doing good in local communities is at Allstate’s core.
I know I may be biased, but my kids are pretty great. I mean, of course they make me crazy at times, but underneath that, they are so caring and giving. It makes me so proud to be their mom! They love to find ways to give back to our community and aren’t afraid to try even though they are young. This is why I’m happy to have teamed up with Allstate to share some small ways for kids to make a big difference. Allstate’s dedication to the communities where they live and work is core to who they are- and the core of our family values as well.
Have you ever asked your kids what they think they could do to make the world a better place? I bet they’d have all sorts of ideas! Working with kids everyday has taught me that they are smarter and more caring than you think and often, if given the choice, they will choose to do something for someone else rather than themselves. Allstate also believes in youth empowerment. One of the ways they look to inspire the next generation is through community projects that empower young people to become the next generation of leaders and change-makers. How can your child be a change-maker? It can be easier than you think! Here are 5 small ways for kids to make a big difference:
Visit a Local Food Bank
If your kids are a little older, making an appointment to help at your local food bank can be a very rewarding experience for your whole family. Sorting food, packing boxes or even helping to deliver meals are all easy jobs that everyone can participate in. It’s also a great way for your kids to grasp the concept of how to help others less fortunate than them.
Donate some of their birthday presents to a charity
Chances are if your kids are anything like mine, they probably have plenty of everything. An easy way for kids to make a difference is to choose to ask for donations for their birthday instead of getting presents. This year, my youngest asked if she could donate her presents to a local animal rescue center all on her own- I was so proud! Kids usually want to do the right thing, especially young ones.
Make a “helping” jar
Get in the habit as a family of saving leftover lunch money, random coins found on the sidewalk and the surprise $10 bill discovered in a coat pocket in a jar. (Kids can even decorate the container to make it fun!) After it’s full, you can take your kids to the dollar store to buy travel-size toiletries, tissues and other care items to take to shelters or give to homeless people.
Donate to an animal shelter
Most kids love animals and giving- so donating to a local animal shelter is a win-win. Make a basket with dog treats, toys and some dog food and bring it to your favorite shelter as a family. It’s an easy way for kids to feel like they are helping and doesn’t cost too much either.
Clean up your community
Head out to the local park with your cleanup crew and pick up trash – you’ll be surprised how much of it goes unnoticed! Make it a habit and encourage your child to pick up a few pieces of trash each time they visit the playground, making the world a cleaner, happier place. All you need are some gloves and a trash bag!
These are some simple and no fuss ways to have your kids be a part of a bigger picture. I am always so proud of the ways my kids ask to help the world. Allstate also believes that young people aren’t waiting for change to happen – they’re creating it. As you will see in the video below, by lending their hands, hearts and voices to their communities kids are not only making change, but they’re also building critical social and emotional learning skills like problem-solving, empathy and teamwork. These skills will help ensure their future success. Take a look!
In this world, it’s so important to give your kids plenty of ways to help make the world better. After all, someday THEY will be running it. By donating your time and energy, you are teaching your kids that we all deserve the best and that if you are able to give, you should. Any time I ask my kids if they want to do something for our community they are full of their own ideas, and it amazes me. By allowing our kids to lend their time and hearts to the world, we all win- and by getting my kids involved in these types of events, I know the future is bright.
What’s your favorite way to give back?
This post was written as part of the Allstate Influencer Program and sponsored by Allstate. All opinions are mine. As the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, Allstate is dedicated not only to protecting what matters most–but to guiding people to live the Good Life, every day.