Instead of birthday presents all over the house, we asked our son if he would rather ask for donations to something important to him. For example, my son and his friend share a birthdate and had a joint party. They wanted a big one and we didn’t want guests to feel obligated to buy two gifts. Besides…don’t our kids have enough toys? I would rather invest in a great party and have the kids remember the fun experience.
Many of our friends and neighbors have adopted pups from wonderful dog rescue group in town. Why not ask what they need and have the kids shop for that instead? Ours said their biggest needs are dog beds, chew toys and puppy food.
When you do this you teach your kids:
*Not everyone has all they need and it’s important to help
*Presents aren’t the most important part of a birthday
*Spending time with friends is what your party should be about
*Doing good is fun
Our kiddos supported Light Shine Canine: A Rez Dog Rescue.
The week after the party, we took the birthday boys and their brothers to meet the pups and drop off the donations.
Five boys with two little puppies!
Talk about cuteness!
They work with the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations in South Dakota.
The number of dogs in need of homes is staggering!
Please consider adopting a Rez dog into your family.
You can support them via their online auction,
or make a donation via Go Fund Me,
or with an exclusive tee.
As parents, we are so happy that our kids remember the puppies from their birthday…
…not the presents.
Please consider teaching your kids philanthropy. There are many options. Have your kids think about what is important to them.
We have previously had birthday guests bring their favorite book in lieu of birthday presents and donated those books to the Children’s Hospital. Good luck! When kids learn to give, they learn compassion.