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Chasing Babies... Growing in Grace: A lesson in giving

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A lesson in giving

Our local (Christian run) crisis pregnancy center does a "Baby Bottle" fund raiser each year. We've never really seen it done, only heard about it. This year our church is participating and distributed the bottles on Mother's day (to be collected on Father's Day). We took one and I let it sit for a while, waiting for the "right" time.

Last week I brought it out, grabbed the kid's "money jar" and gathered on the couch.

We talked about how some people don't have very much money, and can't take care of their new babies. We talked about the baby in Mommy's tummy, and how we already love him, but that sometimes there aren't very many people who love babies when they are in their mommies tummies, so those mommies need help.

Then we talked a little about money, what it's for, and what it can do. (Way over their heads, but an introduction at least.)

Then we talked about their money... what they could do with it... that it could buy them things they want. Or... that they could give it to the babies to help them.

I don't know if they understood and wanted to give, or just wanted to put money in the baby bottle...

...but they dug right in...

...and gave it away.

I also gave them the option of how much they wanted to give away. Again, whether they really understood or just wanted to transfer the money, I don't know... but they gave it all away.

We've talked about it a bunch of times since, whenever we see the baby bottle sitting on the shelf waiting to go back to church. I hope it's a good first lesson in giving to others and helping.

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At June 12, 2010 at 1:56 AM , Blogger ARK said...

I think it is a fantastic idea. I think I am going to try and get a bottle of my own and do this. I am sure we have a center here and my almost 3 year old son is always finding random spare change in the weirdest places imaginable. What a good lesson to teach. And weather it was a tad over their head or not, well in time they'll get it and you all will be the better for it. Kudos!

At June 12, 2010 at 12:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's never too early to start planting this idea!! Well done. You are an awesome Mom ;~}


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