Teach Your Kids by Helping Others

Tonight started off like any other Friday night. The kids picked out a movie to watch, put on their P.J.’s and were relaxing on the couch…until I used the word sort. Then it became one of my favorite nights…

Let me back up. Two days ago, through a wonderful group of bloggers, Philly Social Media Moms, I heard of an opportunity to help some of those affected by Hurricane Sandy by collecting donations for shelters in New Jersey. I had a deadline. I was dropping off these donations on Saturday morning.

On Wednesday, I sent out an email, one single email to my MOMS Club and by Friday, I had more than an overwhelming response. My porch was full, my dining room was full…tons of donations pulled together by these wonderful women all wanting to help in some way. These amazing people that caused me to sit at my kitchen table and cry today thinking about how fantastic our community is.

Tonight, I sorted all of the donations to make it easier for those collecting them. My kids were so excited to help. They helped me sort toiletries, they helped me sort jackets, they even helped me sort socks. And while we sorted, we talked.

The kids and I talked about those affected by the hurricane. How there are some children right now that are not warm and cozy in their own footy P.J.’s with blankets in their own bed, but rather sleeping on a cot with no idea of when they will be going home. They asked questions; Why don’t they have a home to go to? Why did this happen to them? Who are they? Some of the questions I could answer and some I could not.

More importantly, we talked about why it is important to help people, why all of these people in our community that we know and see every day chose to take time out of their day to go through their closets and gather supplies. I talked with them about how important community is.

We may not live in New Jersey or New York, but these places are very much a part of our lives. My 4 and 5 year old remember their vacations and day trips down at the Jersey Shore. They remember the time we took the train to NYC to see the Christmas lights. This is very real to them. They feel connected. We are connected. And we will help. In whatever way we can, always.

This is what I teach my children, it is how we live.

Nothing but good thoughts go out from us to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The kids say prayers every night for those affected. Communities are strong and come together in times of need. The communities of New Jersey and New York will too, they already have…watch and see.

Here are some non-specific ways to help:

  • If you are a part of an organization, large or small, start up a collection. Ask for toiletries to be donated or boots, jackets or shoes.
  • If you are able donate a few dollars or have your children save their change and donate to an organization participating in the relief effort like the American Red Cross.
  • When you clean out your closets, hold onto seasonal clothes (in this case, sweatshirts, sweaters, etc) and put them aside. There will be many collections in the coming months, you will just have to keep your ears open.
  • Get your kids involved. Have them pick out one of their toys to donate, save change, let them create an idea.

 

About Lauryn Blakesley


A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. I love you AND your MOMS group!!!!!

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