August POWerful Word – CHARITY – Week 1

Many of our Powerful Words focus on how we can improve ourselves. This month, we are focusing on how we can help others– how can we improve the lives of those who are in need? There are so many different kinds of things we can give, so many different ways we can give, and so many different kinds of people, animals, and causes to which we can give so the possibilities are endless! It’s up to you to choose how you want to give and who (or what) you want to be on the receiving end of your generosity. When we give to those in need, we are making our community and our world a better place.

What does it mean to “give to those who are in need” (i.e. some don’t have what they need to survive and be comfortable, give to those who don’t have)? Why do you think it is so important to give to others who are in need? To remember what you can give to charity, think of the 3 Ts– Treasure, Talents & Time. Let’s talk today about giving “treasures” or things that we think are valuable. Let’s think through what “treasures” we can give to charity. (1) When you think of clothes or shoes you love to wear, what do you treasure (i.e. favorite shirt, new shoes)? How can our clothes help those in need (i.e. give clothes we outgrow to those who don’t have enough)? (2) What are your favorite toys/games and how can we share them with charity (i.e. give those we don’t play with to charity)? What other treasures in our homes can we give (i.e. blankets, paper goods)?

If you have time: As leaders, how can giving to others inspire others to give? Have you given to charity?