Monday, December 1, 2014

Giveaway: Save the Children/Amazon Gift Card

This time of year, it's so easy for kids (and adults) to lose sight of what's really important, and to forget how much we have. A great way to help put things in perspective is to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Save the Children invites you to participate in the 12 Days/12 Ways for Kids to Make the World Better challenge, leading up to the Make the World Better with a Sweater holiday fundraising campaign on December 12. 

On December 12, a.k.a. Save the Children’s inaugural Make the World Better with a Sweater Day, spread the holiday joy to help kids around the globe. In the giving spirit of the season: wear your favorite festive sweater, make a $5 donation to Save the Children, and keep spreading the joy. Donate by texting SWEATER to 20222; online at; or mailed to Save the Children, 501 Kings Hwy E, Fairfield, Connecticut 06825.

Here are twelve ways I help my young children (ages five and seven) make the world better - not just during the holiday season, but all year long.
  1. Every time they receive a toy as a gift, they give a toy away, either by giving to a friend with younger kids or by donating to a thrift store or other charity.
  2. They donate 10% of their allowance to a charity they pick.
  3. They make and sell crafts to raise money for a different charity each year.
  4. As they make wish lists, we talk about the difference between wishes and needs.
  5. We write cards to soldiers overseas and people in prison.
  6. With each holiday, we talk about the deeper (and for us, religious) meaning to the holiday, more than just having fun and getting stuff.
  7. My husband and I model gratitude for what we have by being open about ways we've been blessed.
  8. We encourage small acts of kindness, like helping the school janitor and always saying thank you.
  9. We practice politeness even when situations aren't fun (food that isn't a favorite, gifts that aren't a hit).
  10. We collect items for Operation Christmas Child and the food shelf.
  11. They make crafts for shut-ins in nursing homes.
  12. We always try to leave every place a little nicer than when we arrived. 

To enter the giveaway for a $50 gift card, leave a comment by December 12th with your favorite way to make the world better!


  1. My family likes to recycle and donate food to our church's food pantry.
    reklaw422 at hotmail dot com

  2. We like to make the world a better place by teaching people how to lead a more sustainable life, having a smaller foot print and preserving the world for future generations. You can check out our non-profits page here.
    Thanks for the giveaway :P

  3. I try to pick up litter when I can along the road I live on--and more than once I have picked up nails and jagged metal pieces laying in the road--(I don't want people to get flats!)

    karin56381 (at)

  4. We donate food and clothing and try to pay it forward as much as possible.

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  5. we collect canned foods and help out at our local food pantry each month with our church group

    tiramisu392 (at)

  6. Our family always recycles and we donate a lot of clothing and food to those that need it. It's important to give back to the world.

    cbythesea5 at

  7. I love your list of how to make the world a better place. I also love to do small acts of kindness and help others with small things or even if it is just smiling & saying thank you.
    kimchezem (at) hotmail DOT com

  8. I like to make the world a better place by recycling, donating things instead of selling them, and by smiling, thanking and being friendly to others.
    kimchezem ( at ) hotmail DOT com

  9. We try to make the world better by teaching our daughter generosity and to be humble while doing for others. It all starts with one person.