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    Is there anything you do around Christmas that is charitable? Whether it be dropping a coin or two in the salvo's bucket, donate to the wishing tree or volunteering your time at a shelter etc?

    Looking for ideas, preferably something that is child friendly. I'd like to have the kids involved in something around the holiday period each year.

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    I should add that I want them to have a charitable mindset all throughout the year, not just at Christmas, but Christmas seems like a good starting point.

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    I’ll be dropping some homemade gingerbread biscuits to the ward that DD2 spent a few days in at 2 weeks old and also the NICU where she spent 2 nights after birth. Not exactly a charity but still something meaningful.

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    I got in touch with a charity and bought xmas gifts for a family thst escaped a dv situation. I involved my kids in choosing the gifts.

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    We have done the donation tree. Both kids putting a few presents under, they were gifts for the kids during the year that weren’t required.

    Did a clean out of toys with the kids and donated (I do StKilda mums).

    Buy Oxfam cards instead of Xmas cards. Each year they have a sale in early Dec were the cards are half price but an anonymous donor pays the other half. Usually it’s all cards but this year the $10 cards weren’t on ‘sale’.

    Presents for kinder teachers and speechie is conscious socks. I got one pair that feed children, one that donate a book and one that plant trees.

    The toy donation DS understands easily, explaining the cards and socks was a more difficult task. DD has no idea.

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    We’ve done a few things. I made up some bags for share the dignity. We will probably buy something for the wishing tree. I also have an open door policy (year round but especially during holidays) and encourage anyone who’s alone or struggling to spend an hour or a day with us.

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    We buy gifts for local children who don’t have families or are in care. It’s through an organisation that looks after them.

    I try hard to support local charities where possible. Creating food hampers could be an idea.

    For my son’s 1st birthday I asked for items that would be donated to a local homeless shelter but it wasn’t as well received by family as I thought. From now on, we’ll just make a donation ourselves on my son’s birthday. Once he’s old enough, he can choose the charities.

    For Christmas, we always have a present budget pre-saved and spend less on ourselves and family and use the remaining money for our charity gifts.

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    we’ve done the berry street wishing tree for the last few years running. initially you’d buy a gift then drop it at an abc shop but they stopped that. now you buy a gift online (really it’s just a monetary donation but you choose what the gift you want to buy is). we will probably continue to do this with berry street again this year.

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    A couple of months ago I started giving the kids pocket money based on Barefoot Investor's Family book. Basically, some of that pocket money each week goes into a give/charity jar. How much is up to each child.

    My 9yo DD chose our local cat rescue as her charity. I'm going to take her there next weekend so she can give the $s she's saved. She wants to make sure the kitty's have a nice Xmas.

    6yo DD hasn't decided on her charity yet but both DDs were quite happy to put as much in their give jars as their spend & save ones.

    11yo DS was reluctant to put much in his 'give' jar at first, just putting a token amount from his overall pocket money. But he has decided he wants to buy a gift for the Kmart giving tree and over last couple of weeks has been putting most of his pocket money in the 'give' jar as he wants to make sure he has enough for a decent gift. Great to see the change in attitude!

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