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Raising a generation of do-gooders Teaching grandkids and children to be philanthropic doesn’t have to be reserved for the holidays. And it’s never too early to start. Kids as young as three or four have a natural instinct to give, and their formative years are the best times to teach the benefits and joy of giving to others. It’s also scientifically proven to increase self-esteem and self-confidence, according to Nancy Phillips, founder of DollarSmartKids Enterprises. Following are a few tips Phillips recommends to help you get started: START EARLY Even before kids are old enough for allowance, parents and grandparents can discuss how money can be used to help others. Generous acts like family volunteer projects at soup kitchens, homeless shelters and other organizations are also impactful. CONSIDER A DIFFERENT PIGGY BANK Helping kids understand the virtues of saving and spending includes how to save to help others. Use a different piggy bank for saving charitable donations. Get them involved with helping decide the budget and the organization that will benefit from their generosity. LEAD BY EXAMPLE Because actions speak louder than words. When you give money or donate time and materials, share this act with your kids or grandkids. When cleaning out closets, get the kids involved with whom they want to donate their old clothes and toys. It’s the selfless act of giving that makes the impact. LOOK FOR YOUTH PROGRAMS THAT GIVE BACK Organizations like Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Boys & Girls Clubs help teach kids of all ages how to serve others. LET KIDS CHOOSE THE CAUSE Make it interesting and fun to choose a charity. It’s a great way to discover your kids and grandkids’ passions. Don’t forget to share the results of your good deeds. TALK ABOUT THE VALUE OF GIVING Make philanthropy a topic of discussion around the dinner table. Be sure and share how giving to nonprofit groups and volunteering of your time changes lives and the world around us. Teaching these virtues early on helps ensure future generations of philanthropists and do-gooders. Senior Resource Association welcomes children’s and youth groups to visit our Adult Day Care clients throughout the year. Whether it’s sharing a talent with the group or spending one-on-one-time with our clients, the multi-generational interaction is healthy and beneficial for everyone. To schedule a visit with our Sebastian or Vero Beach Adult Day Care, call Ben Earman at 772.569.0760 (x145) SENIORRESOURCEASSOCIATION.ORG 7