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By GreatSchools Staff
"There is a sharing tree in our little town," writes a mother in Washington. "Every year my son and I pick out two families that need help. It's fun hunting down the gifts on their wish lists and returning to the tree with our arms full of beautifully wrapped presents. I like the idea that we remain anonymous as that teaches the true magic of giving."
"Each year during the holidays, we adopt a family," says a mother of two. "We try to find a family with children of similar ages to our own so when we all go shopping, our kids help by knowing what kids their age want."
"While shopping for the holidays," explains one mother, "my son and I pick out a brand-new toy for the Toys for Tots collection. And when I am at the grocery store, he reminds me to buy extra cans of soups and vegetables to bring to the local soup kitchen."
"We do a couple of things with our girls to try to teach them caring and compassion," writes a mother in Oregon. "We go Christmas caroling in the neighborhood and collect canned food for the city's food pantry. We drop money in every Salvation Army bucket we pass. And we shop for children of the same age as ours because 'their parents cannot afford to give them a special gift this year.' Other opportunities appear throughout the season, but these are the ones we deliberately plan to do."
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