Recently, I’ve been making an effort at teaching our twins conservation. When they wash hands, they can’t just stand idly by and admire their own personal waterfall – it’s wasting water, and some people in the world don’t have enough water.
When they leave a room, we try to have them remember to turn off the lights – we shouldn’t waste electricity – again, some people don’t have any of that, and it also wastes money we can’t afford to lose.
And here’s the timeless classic: they should eat all their food (especially the veggies) and not turn their little noses up at what mama puts on their plate, because there are kids in the world who don’t have enough food to eat and go hungry.
Zanna looked pretty concerned by this and came up with her own idea to get those hungry children some food: “Mama, I know! Those children can go to the store and BUY food!”
Me: Sweetie, they also don’t have money to buy food.
Z: Then they can go to the money store and get money and THEN they can go to the food store and buy food!
Me: Zanna, sometimes those people live in places where there aren’t any food stores. (She looked skeptical.) Like the jungle or the desert.
Zanna didn’t know what to say to that.
Then Halle piped up with her own special idea to fix this:
H: I know!! I can get food from our refrigerator, mama, and I can send it to them, then they won’t be hungry!
She immediately hopped up from the dinner table and trotted over to our fridge, opened it up and proceeded to remove some food.
H: They will like this food! Then they won’t be hungry and they will be SO HAPPY!
I thanked my little squirrels for their kindheartedness for those hungry people and tried to get Halle to relinquish the block of cheese she wanted to ship to Africa ASAP.
Me: Honey, it takes so long to mail the food, that it won’t be fresh when it gets there, then the people can’t eat it, so we’re going to collect money for the poor hungry people on Halloween when we trick-or-treat! Then we can send it to them and they can buy food.
The girls really liked that idea, so we’ll be fundraising for the NJ Food Bank this year on Halloween. If you would like to contribute, here’s the link for the food bank, and they have it set up to accept donations:
Have a great Autumn everyone!! If you also do fundraising with your kids, please leave a comment and let us know which charity you do it for – you can even leave a link for that charity! Thanks!