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Orange on Green: The Next Generation of Givers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom and Brad Cunningham   
Monday, 22 November 2010 07:00

Orange on Green: The Next Generation of Givers
Volunteering your time can be even more important than donating money. Our financial columnist shares three opportunities for children to learn the art of giving back.


I have three children ages 6, 4 and almost 2. Volunteering and being a part of a community is always something that has been important to my wife and me. We want to raise our children in an environment where they can appreciate everything they have and give back to those who are either less fortunate or maybe just need to feel appreciated for the things they do for our community. Especially during times like these when the money is tight, we have found a number of ways to invest in time well-spent.

 

After celebrating Halloween a few weeks ago, the overwhelming amount of Butterfingers, Reese Cups, Tootsie Rolls and other "loot" fills buckets in our kitchen.Certainly we don't need any of this, but the kids have fun running around the neighborhood, collecting their treasure. We have started a plan with the kids that they give about 75 percent of their findings to a local dentist in town who actually pays the kids $1 per pound and then sends the candy overseas to our troops. You can find more information about this at HalloweenCandyBuyBack.com.

 

A second giving opportunity for the family is with a local restaurant that opens its doors to the public on Thanksgiving Day and feeds people in the community for free. The owners of this particular establishment prefer to go unnamed, as they don't want press for it. It is such a selfless act to feed hundreds of people in our community that have nowhere else to go during the holiday. Every year we take the kids up and help in feeding those dining in. Look around your community for opportunities like these to get involved to help others during the holidays.

 

Our third volunteer opportunity is with the local retirement communities. My kids love this! We make an attempt every Sunday to visit a local retirement home and hang out for a few hours. They participate in arts and crafts and help with certain tasks at the center, and the residents love to see the kids and vice versa. I believe my kids get more value, though, because they are learning a lot from older generations. Check out your local retirement home. Now more than ever they are popping up all over. This is a great experience that you can participate in year round, not just during the holiday season.

 

Registered Representative and Financial Advisor of Park Avenue Securities, LLC (PAS). Securities products/services and advisory services offered through PAS, a registered broker-dealer and investment advisor. Financial Representative, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), New York, NY. PAS is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Guardian. Lifetime Financial Growth, LLC is not an affiliate or subsidiary of PAS or Guardian. Orange Financial, LLC and Lifetime Financial Growth Company are not affiliates or subsidiaries of PAS or Guardian.

 

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