Growing Charity in Kids

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Want to know how to instill giving in your kids? We gathered up some easy, fun ways you can do just that!


Most veterinarian offices gladly accept donations of blankets, towels and pet food. Your family can organize a pet food drive to help feed furry friends at a local vet office.


If your family is full of book lovers, the library is the perfect place to volunteer. Teens can help with children’s programs, with shelving books and more.


Local soup kitchens and food distribution centers, including Freestore Foodbank, are always in need of volunteers. At the Freestore Foodbank, children (ages 13 and older; any child under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult) can help sort, package and shelve food for local families in need. Donate your time to help end hunger at 112 East Liberty St. in Cincinnati. Call 513-241-1064 or visit for more information.


One way to spread holiday cheer is to volunteer to visit with senior citizens at a local residential facility. Many organizations have holiday parties and seniors enjoy groups caroling for them, playing games and reading stories. You can also find volunteer opportunities for you and your kids through these websites:


The Hands Against Hunger program offers a unique opportunity for your family to serve local, regional and international families in need. Food packing events take place every other Saturday on a first-come-first-served basis in order to continually assist those in need. On average, A Child’s Hope International provides 10,000 high-protein meals a day for hungry children in the U.S. and around the world. A Child’s Hope International is located at 2430 East Kemper Road in Cincinnati. For more information, call 513-771-2244 or visit

Amanda Ciani lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and their three terrific sons. She enjoys writing haiku parenting poems for her Instagram account (@cinciciani), and Twitter account (@haikuciani).

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