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Helping Hurricane Harvey/Irma Victims

Summary

While money donations are the quickest and easiest method to help, most young children in learning to help, need to actually participate in ways to help.  As a family you can brainstorm ways for your family to earn money to donate.

Event Description

While money donations are the quickest and easiest method to help, most young children in learning to help, need to actually participate in ways to help.  As a family you can brainstorm ways for your family to earn money to donate. Perhaps selling unused clothes and toys, earning money for chores at home and in the neighborhood, going without dinner for a night and contributing the cost of the dinner, making items to sell (homemade postcards, bakery items, homemade play dough, etc.) Where you decide to give your donation is important also. There are websites that help you compare different programs. charitynavigator.org is a favorite as it states the percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs and services it delivers.  Look for programs that use 90% or more of their income on programs and services.  For example, Red Cross uses 90.1%, United Methodist Committee on Relief uses 93%, and Houston Food Bank uses 96.2%.  

In searching organizations helping with Hurricane Harvey, only one organization was found  accepting non-monetary donations right now. (Please contact us with other organizations if possible) The United Methodist Committee on Relief has two kits that can be put together as a family and mailed to them for use due to natural disasters. Here is the information:

Cleaning Kit: http://www.umcor.org/umcor/relief-supplies/relief-supply-kits/cleaning

Hygiene Kit: http://www.umcor.org/umcor/relief-supplies/relief-supply-kits/hygiene

Putting a kit together with a child while talking about the meaning of helping, enables a positive dialogue on the need and joy of helping.  May each of us reach out and help in our own way.