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Teaching Kids To Give Back During The Holidays

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Capital One. All opinions are 100% mine.

With the holidays quickly approaching, chances are that you already started your Christmas shopping. If you have little ones, it also means that you are starting to hear more about their Christmas wish list. Our family loves the holiday season. It’s a time that we embrace because of the memories that we create with those that we may not have the luxury to see regularly. We also take the time to find ways that we can give back. In the video below you’ll learn what our family’s Wish For Others is this holiday season.

Each holiday season, we focus on giving back to a charity that we choose together. Last year we filled several boxes for Operation Christmas child. This year, we plan on donating food, toys and other miscellaneous items to a local charity. I find that my children get more excited about being a blessing to others than about what awaits them under the tree on Christmas day.

So how can you instill a spirit of giving in your own children? By being an example and getting them involved. Here are a few simple ways you can involve them in the process:

1. Allow them to help you make a list of items that your family will be donating.
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2. Share stories about the charity. If it’s a local shelter, plan a visit so they can see first-hand the families they’ll be helping. (this one is huge!)

3. Let them help you collect, sort and gather donations.
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4. Encourage them to save up their own money or find ways to raise funds to put towards your donation.
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5. Continue to do this throughout the year and discuss that giving back is not exclusive to the holiday season.

Through a campaign called “#WishForOthers,” Capital One is hoping to help make the holidays a little brighter this year by helping grant people’s wish for others.

Now is your turn to share your wish for someone else – a family member, a friend, a neighbor, or a community — with #WishForOthers onTwitter, Instagram, or the Capital One Facebook Page from Nov. 24 through Dec. 23 for a chance to make it come true. You can share your wish online by doing the following:
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You can also do this by visiting a Capital One 360 Cafe in your city and visiting the wishing booth from 11/28-12/2 to submit your #WishforOthers. Check out locations at Capital One’s Wish For Others website.

What is your family’s #WishForOthers this year? I would love it if you shared in the comments section below. 🙂

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