A few days ago, I was talking to my friend Jean about her recent visit to her grandchildren in California.
It was one of those easy conversations—catching up on each others’ lives, ideas and books we’d read.
Towards the end of our visit, we talked about ideas for Holiday gift giving.
“I tried something new with our older grandchildren last year,” Jean noted.
“What did you do?” I asked, always looking for new ideas.
“In addition to their regular gifts, I gave each of them $25 to buy a holiday gift for someone in need or for a charity.”
“Great idea! So what did they do?”
“Well, Meaghan, whose 14 now, gave to a Giving Tree Charity at her Church.
And John, 12, is really into tennis. So he gave his money to one of Rafeal Nadal Charities, which encourages autistic children to become involved in playing tennis.”
Jean wasn’t sure what organizations Meaghan and John will choose this year, but she’s eager to find out.
She says she likes the fact that Meaghan and John do some research about worthwhile charities before making their selections.
This is the first year that Jean has given fourth grade granddaughter Kylie $25 to give to a charity.
“Kylie has already decided on her gifts. She will donate half of her money to the Larimer County Human Society and the second half to Children’s Hospital in Denver.”
A career education, Jean has a keen sense of when children can fully understand the concept of donating to a charity. She knows that her two youngest granddaughters soon will be old enough to receive $25 to give to a charitable organization.
This will bring Jean’s tally up to five gift giving grandchildren.
So within a few years five or more deserving charities will be the beneficiaries of Jean and her grandchildren.
But perhaps the real gift is that Jean’s grandchildren are taking another step–first started by their parents at home—and now expanded by Jean—in making the world a better place.
Readers, what traditions of giving are part of your family tradition?
Let us hear from you.