Saturday I let the girls host a lemonade stand in our front yard. It was something I had on our summer bucket list and was glad we were able to do it before Baby Brother arrives. The girls loved it. When I told them the day before I was thinking we could host one, they were ecstatic. They care nothing about the money the stand brings in but just love setting up and serving customers.
So beforehand I suggested we give the money to The Call, an Arkansas organization that supports families involved in foster care. They were all for it. No hesitation. We did something similar last time we set up a stand; we donated the money to our World Vision sponsored child. So the girls don't really know what it's like to rake in a lot of money for themselves anyway. I'm trying my best to train them to give. And that it can actually be fun to raise money for others. They were very proud to put on their sign and tell their customers they were donating the proceeds to a worthy cause.
Turns out, people are very generous when you tell them you're donating your profits. We made about $70. I plan to ask our local Call leaders what needs they have right now and then spend our money accordingly. Maybe we can buy diapers or clothes or some summer toys for families. We'll see. But I have to say, I was very proud of my girls' willingness to give the money away. They began asking questions and making suggestions and I believe were genuinely concerned about the kids the money would help. I love having the opportunity to have these conversations with them. They are not perfect girls but they have good hearts.
Our family doesn't have tons of extra money, but it's not hard to find small ways to teach kids about the importance of giving. My girls see us put a check in the offering each Sunday. They get letters from our sponsored child. We pack boxes for Operation Christmas Child. And we do lemonade stands. :-) I don't say this at all to brag but hopefully to encourage you to get creative and find ways to teach your kids about giving too. The amount isn't really important. But the lesson and the motives are. So go ahead -- before this summer's over, set up your own lemonade stand for a worthy cause. Share with me when you do and hashtag #BeTheMom!
This is my third post in the "Be The Mom" series I'm doing this month with Amanda Farris. We're posting each Monday in June to encourage you to be the best mom you can this summer. Hop on over to her blog to read about being the mom who plans fun days with your family. If you've missed any of our posts so far, they were --
Be The Mom Who Plans Vacations me
Be The Mom That Eats a McDonald's Ice Cream Cone Amanda
Be The Mom Who Consecrates Downtime me
Be The Mom That Is The Right Kind of Busy Amanda
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