My daughter’s Junior Kindergarten class is taking on the sweet task of taking one thing they own that they no longer use, wear or read, to give to kids in need over the 40 days of Lent. This task isn’t going to be an easy one for our Penny. I think like many 4 year olds, giving something of theirs away is a tough request. My kids tend to get attached to anything we are about to get rid of. Regardless if they haven’t touched it in months. However we felt this is a great lesson in compassion and empathy for other people in need and we want to instill those values in our kids, so 40 Things in 40 Days it is!
We started with something easy. Coats that no longer fit, and 3 pairs of boots that no longer fit. I don’t think a single pair of these boots saw the outdoors so I am glad they will go to kids who could use them.
We also gathered up 4 books to start. We haven’t read these books in at least a year and I know they probably wont be touched again. So into the donation bag they go. Over the next 40 days we will continue to add to the donation bag and really try and encourage Penny to put herself in someone else’s shoes and think of items another person would enjoy now that she is done with them.
We are really proud of our Penny for doing something for other people even though it feels really tough. And with that, I turn it to you. How do you encourage your little ones to think of others and part with their unused items for donation? How do you celebrate the Lenten season with your kids?