Encouraging the Spirit of Giving In Your Child: 5 Ways You Can Help Right Here In Austin

As most parents can attest, holidays take on a new meaning once you have a child.  There’s nothing quite like the excitement I feel when I see my daughter get worked up over all the trees decorated on 360 or about the prospect of seeing Santa Claus this year.    I look forward to seeing the joy on her face when she opens gifts under the tree on Christmas morning.  But, it’s also very important to me to encourage the spirit of giving in her.  

I wanted to find a local organization that we could “adopt” this year to help others in need and use it as a tool to start to teach her about helping others.  A little digging came up with a few ways to give to those in need right here in Austin.  

Did I omit a great organization?

Do you have a favorite way that you and your family like to help others?  Please share here!




Deliver for Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels Needs You!  33 routes lack drivers and more volunteer cancellations are expected in the coming weeks. The majority of these open routes are east of IH 35.

Want to help this holiday season?  We need substitute drivers to help get meals to those we serve during the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.   Will you help?”

Learn more here. 

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Donate to Austin Children’s Shelter

The holidays are a difficult time for the children and youth in our care.  Most of the youth at ACS will not be able to return home to their families for the Holiday season.  Our staff and volunteers work hard to make this a warm and memorable time for them by decorating the cottages, taking them on outings and putting gifts under the tree. To do this, we must turn to the generous support of individuals and companies to assist with donations.”

Learn more here.

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Be a Santa to a Senior- Home Instead Senior Care Austin

On December 1st, the community can begin sponsoring seniors in the Austin and surrounding areas by picking up ornaments with seniors’ names and purchasing gift packages from Walgreens.”

Learn more here.



Sponsor a child in the care of Child Protective Services

Holiday Wishes 2012 is here!   Many Travis County children have never known the thrill and anticipation of the holidays and the happiness that the holidays bring. Our Holiday Wishes project is able to create memories for children served by Child Protective Services (CPS) through the generosity and support of our community.

The Holiday Wishes project will provide a CPS child’s first name, age, and a holiday wish list to people interested in making a child’s holiday wish come true. An individual or group purchases the gifts and brings them to the Rainbow Room. We work with area churches, businesses and organizations to assist them in their holiday giving programs. All contributions of new toys or cash donations go directly to benefit abused and neglected children of Travis County.”

Learn more here.


Ask your chid what he or she would like to do to help someone in need.

It’s a great way to engage them and, you never know, they might surprise you!

*Thanks to my blogger and Facebook friends for bringing my attention to some of these organizations and inspiring this post.


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-Jennifer Rustgi, Kid Culture Austin


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2 Comments on “Encouraging the Spirit of Giving In Your Child: 5 Ways You Can Help Right Here In Austin”

  1. December 4, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    This is awesome! My husband and I are trying, as well, to encourage a spirit of giving in this season that is so often about receiving. Our Daisy troop is adopting a family and we are going through their toys. Thank you for sharing these wonderful charities!


  2. December 4, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    Thank you! Here’s another one I heard about yesterday. I don’t sew or crochet, but thinks it’s a really sweet idea.

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