It’s Giving Tuesday- the holiday invented to make yourself feel better after just blowing a bunch of money on crap you don’t need. Or, we could call it the kickoff to the charitable season. I wanted to do something with Bodhi to help him learn a little about generosity.
What is a toy drive?
Our local fire department runs an annual holiday toy drive and Bodhi has been asking about the big baskets for the toys. Toys and firetrucks- I figured that this was our perfect opportunity for teaching generosity. When he first asked, I showed him inside the bin and told him that the gifts are for children who don’t have a lot of toys and might not get any for Christmas this year. He’s been picking up on the concept of money so I also tried to explain that some families don’t have money for toys. He then happily, and with the egocentricity of a typical three-year-old, shouted, “I want someone to put a toy in the basket for me!” So then we talked about some of his toys that he’s thankful for.
Today I took Bodhi shopping to pick out a gift to donate. He chose a set of vehicle magnets and I got a little worried because it was definitely a gift that he loved. But I underestimated him. We went to the fire station and he happily put the toy straight into the bin. We talked about how another boy or girl will be so happy when they get the gift that he donated and he just gave me a shy smile.