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Kids Helping Kids- Raising a Charitable Child

Most people tend to associate charity with giving money. We write a check to our favorite cause, drop a few dollars in the salvation army bell during the holidays, give a few bucks in the basket at church or get involved in a school fundraiser, and we feel good. In todays world with crowdfunding campaigns popping up all over the place and more businesses getting involved with the “Buy One-Give One” business model such as TOMS, giving back has become easier, enjoyable and  more rewarding. There are many ways that kids can become involved and give back. In researching and learning about a charity and then raising or saving money for a cause, children can make a difference and gain an immense sense of pride and empathy.

So, how we get our kids on board with giving back? The first step in getting your kids excited about helping other kids is to start the conversation. Children whose parents talk to them about giving back were 20% more likely to give to charity than parents who did not discuss giving with their children, according to a 2013 study for the United Nations Foundation conducted by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

The study of more than 900 children over 2002-2003 and 2007-2008 is among the first to explore what parents can do to encourage charitable behavior in their children. “This study demonstrates that parents who talk to their children about charitable giving can positively impact their children’s philanthropic behavior,” said Una Osili, director of research for the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. “Parents’ giving to charity is not enough to teach children to be charitable. Focused, intentional teaching by talking to children about charity is what works. This is true for children in families at all income levels and across gender, race, and age groups.”

The conversation should explain giving back with several practicable and relatable examples. Such as when a friend called and really needed our help but we had other plans, and how we changed those plans to help our friend.  Or the time we were in line at Target and let the overwhelmed mom of 3 screaming children go ahead of us in the check out line. Another example is when your little one refuses to part with the t-shirt that is 3 times too small we explain that there are thousands of less fortunate children some  who might only have 2 or 3 shirts would love and appreciate that shirt. With that said, pack a bag together and drop off your donations to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. When we communicate and show the ways in which we’re generous with our time, energy, finances, our even just moral support it becomes a more normal part of family life.

In choosing a project, offer and explain the many causes and what seems most interesting and rewarding based on your child’s interests.

Here are some of our top picks of charities that allow kids to get involved:

KaBoom!

This is one of our top picks because we had the opportunity to take part of this awesome organization and built a playground ourselves! Check out the info and pics below!

Photos & a special Thank you Video from the KaBOOM! Detroit Playground Build

Mission: To bring balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. Creating great places to play, inspiring communities to promote and support play and driving the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives.

Ways to Give: Build a Playground in a day!

 


Alex’s Lemonade Stand

 

 

Mission: To raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily for research into new treatments and cures, and to encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.

Ways to Give: Children can hold their own lemonade stand events in their neighborhood, raising money for a great cause.

 

 


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Mission: To advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. No child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.

Ways to Give: Dedicate your birthday by  receiving a personal birthday page that allows your guests to make a donation in lieu of bringing a present.

 

 


NO KID HUNGRY

Mission: To end child hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. Engaging the public to make ending child hunger a national priority. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals.
Ways to Give: Hold your very own Bake Sale. The money you raise will go directly to helping kids from low-income families get regular, healthy meals.

RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES

Mission: Keeping families with sick children close to each other and the care and resources they need. A Ronald McDonald House is that “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost.

Ways to Give:  Donate time and creativity to make handmade cards  sent through Cards for Hospitalized Kids to be distributed to sick children in hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses across the nation.


ADOPT A REFUGEE FAMILY

 

Mission: Helping displaced Iraqi families reduced to the status of “refugee”, these displaced persons have lost everything forced to move to a foreign country and start from scratch. Adopt a Refugee family helps families get back on their feet with day to day necessities and basic needs.

Ways to Give: Choose and adopt a family.

 

 


We also found this great read to help you teach your child about charity.

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Close to Home. We <3 Iraqi Children

As second generation children of Iraqi immigrants we have a special place in our hearts for Iraq. We are one of very few second generation children lucky enough to have had the privilege to visit the country our parents once called home. We spent the summer of 1990 on a family vacation to Iraq where many of our best childhood memories were created in the beautiful streets of our parents hometown Telkaif or in the deep mountains of Mosul.

 

Due to persecution since 2003, Christians have left Iraq in large numbers. less than 500,000 remain today from as many as 1.5 million. Under the ISIS takeover in June 2014, Christians in Iraq were told to convert to Islam, leave their cities, or be killed. Leaving more than 200,000 refugees in need of medicine, food and supplies.

 

While there are many organizations and relief funds doing great work today we feature HelpIraq.org

A nonprofit organization founded by St. Thomas, Chaldean Catholic Diocese of Detroit and Adopt a Refugee Family Program.  Helping the innocent and the helpless people of Iraq.

HelpIraq.org has continually assisted in funding and developing several projects helping the thousands of displaced christians. They have created several sub-groups to meet various needs including medical, legal and educational.

One of the groups is the Medical Emergency Relief for Christians of Iraq, or MERCI, a 501(c)(3) organization. Consisting of Detroit-area volunteer doctors, pharmacists, dentists, psychologists and other health professionals.

To date MERCI alone has opened 10 medical clinics serving more than 10,000 people and have raised over $400,000 in donations.

From a life saving kidney transplant to a heating and cooling system donated to a makeshift kindergarten school, HelpIraq.org is our #1 pick for charitable services. Thank you HelpIraq.org!

 

To learn more or make a donation please visit https://www.helpiraq.org

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Charity Feature- Sahasra Deepika

Sahasra Deepika, which means a thousand lights, is a non-profit foundation that houses and educates underprivileged children in Bangalore, India. Our Institute in Bangalore is home to 60 children who are either orphans or have a single parent who cannot afford to educate them. Seventeen of our students are now in college or technical school. In addition, we also conduct tutoring programs for under-served children in the community. Sahasra Deepika is proudly celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.

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To learn more about this foundation visit  www.sdie.org

If you have a charity that you want to share with the #iheartkids community, please submit charity information here http://www.iheartkids.com/charityapplication/

XO, #iHEARTKIDS- a magical world where kids matter most.

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Curly Q’s Counter, Fashions and Accessories

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Ang Disney

Owner & Designer // Curly Q’s Counter

About: I started my business after my son was born. I am a go getter by nature, and have always been a very driven person. After my son was born I knew I wanted to create different pieces for moms with boys – different from the every day ‘blue’ stuff you see in dept stores. Being a girlie girl myself, I am obsessed with creating funky & unique items for little girls as well. It has gone from a hobby- making items for my family and friends to actually designing one of a kind pieces for every day wear for people all of the world!

I love fashion – I love being inspired by different trends and items in the fashion world. I am passionate about making babies, toddlers, kids & adults alike feel and look great in their unique gear from my store.

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Shop Now- www.curlyqscounter.etsy.com

Use Code: IHK15 for 15% Off, ends Wednesday January 29th

Social Media:  IG – @curlyqscounter FB –www.facebook.com/curlyqscounter

Enter to win a $50 Credit to shop items from Curly Q’s Counter, comment below or enter on @iheartkids on Instagram.

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The Little Affair, Singapore based children’s online shop

 

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The Little Affair is a Singapore-based online store that aims to offer trendy children’s clothing and accessories at pocket-friendly prices. The Little Affair presents to you fashion forward apparels for boys and girls aged 2 to 8. We started this brand to influence more parents to dress their kids stylishly in our country, and to show that fashion can be affordable too. We ship worldwide! Free shipping in Singapore. Free shipping across Asia with minimum spending of SGD120 (~USD100). Shop now! Purchase (shopping cart style) and payment (through PayPal) are made on the website.

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Dress your little ones stylishly with the clothes hand-picked especially by The Little Affair today!

Special iHeartKids Promotion-15% off with code: iHeartKids 
This discount will be applicable for apparel only and will expire on 31 January.
Enter to win $50 Credit to shop on thelittleaffair.com on @iheartkids Instagram.

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Comment below for a chance to win, Ends 1/22. Good Luck

The Little Affair | www.thelittleaffair.com
Social Media| www.facebook.com/thelittleaffair |Instagram @thelittleaffair |www.pinterest.com/thelittleaffair

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Guest Post: Kidpreneur Zombietron Robotic Workshop

It’s the time of season for candies, costumes and zombies. Yes, if you like robots … scary robots … scary and remote-controlled robots, then Kidpreneur has an event that will sure make your child scream. Come create your own custom Zombietron robot and control it with the free Kidpreneur Zombietron app on any Android devices. In this workshop, kids aged 10-14 will learn about romote-controlled robots, how to control with infrared technology using our Zombietron Robot kit including motors and modules, and how to operate it with our free Android app. Kids will design and construct their robot with movable arms and head. Please have your kids bring their laptop. All classes and workshops are held at 235 E Main St, Suite #104, Northville, MI 48167. Limited to 8 kids per workshop.

The Zombietron kit is $25 and members only have to pay for the kit to participate in the workshop. It’s $50 for non-members. For members, just login and register. For non-members, click on Add-to-Cart then pay in shopping cart.

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For more information, go to www.Kidpreneur.co and register for the workshop (www.kidpreneur.co/#!events/c1bom). Happy Halloween!!!

By: Thanh Tran

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Products: KidzCanDesign Promotion + Giveaway!

iHEARTKIDS Deal: $39.99 with FREE SHIPPING ($129 value)

KidzCanDesign will turn those special moments into keepsakes to last a lifetime.

USE CODE: iHEARTKIDS at Check Out

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Turn a child’s drawing into a wearable work of art with help from KidzCanDesign. A sterling-silver pendant is custom designed from a child’s drawing, handprint, or footprint and comes on an 18-inch black cord.

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Features

  • Turn a child’s drawing, handprint, or footprint into a pendant
  • 18-inch black cord
  • Sterling-silver lobster clasp
  • Metal type: sterling silver
  • High-polish finish
  • Maximum pendant dimensions: 1″x1″ (excluding bail)

For more designs and items, visit KidzCanDesign’s Website | Facebook

Enter to Win A KidzCanDesign sterling-silver custom pendant by commenting below. Why do you want to win? & Include your location. Open to US and International Residents. (International must pay for shipping- flat rate).

For extra entries you can enter on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter by sharing the image below, tag #iHEARTKIDS. Giveaway ends on Friday October 11th.

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Shop KidzCanDesign using code: iHEARTKIDS for the discounted price of $39.99 +Free Shipping!

These make great gifts for the entire family!

XOXO, iHEARTKIDS <3

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Products: Wall Decals Giveaway from Lazoo!

Lazoo’s delightful Lazoo wall decals will help encourage kids to imagine, create, and discover new possibilities in their bedrooms or play areas. These Lazoo wall graphics are easy to apply, remove, and reposition. They can be placed on any smooth surface and moved around as often as you need. They’ll never peel away your paint or leave behind any unsightly residue, unlike other stickers!

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** 4 Winners will receive their choice of one wall decal. Retailing between $18.99-$14.99.

2 Ways to Enter: Comment below, telling us what you like the most about these cool new decals! Or enter on @iheartkids on instagram 
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Lazoo is a lifestyle children’s brand and media property emphasizing novel award-winning design, individual expression, curiosity, and creativity. Inspired by an internationally best-selling series of Japanese children’s books, Lazoo products all embody the same mission: to spark a child’s creative process, encourage self-expression, and empower the imagination.

To learn more about Lazoo visit http://www.lazoo.com/ 

And stay up to date with Lazoo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Giveaway Ends: 10/7

Good Luck! XO, #iHEARTKIDS

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Products: MawdsleyLoves, Moccasins Made with love in Vancouver

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From the creator, Bonnie Mui
I am a new mom and was in search for a shoe that stayed on my little ones foot but was stylish at the same time! I took to my sewing machine and created the first mawdsley slip-on. the rest is history, hand making children’s items that are stylish but most importantly truly functional for both mom and baby!

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DISCOUNT AND GIVEAWAY for Friends of iHEARTKIDS ! Open to US and Canadian residents

Receive 10% off Mawdsley products with code: iheartkids at checkout on etsy www.mawdsleyloves.etsy.com Custom pieces available per request.

Enter to win a pair of Mawdsley Moccasin Shoes by commenting below! Ends Thursday October 3nd

Stay up to date with #iHEARTKIDS on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter <3
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Guest Blog: Products- Squeeky Knees YOCO– You Only Crawl Once

Lets celebrate the crawl: YOCO– You Only Crawl Once

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I remember as a teenager going through my baby box with my mom.  She tearing up as each memory was pulled out, me rolling my eyes and wishing it was over.  I pulled out a pair of tiny shoes with bells tied to them and asked, “um mom, what is this?”  Oh, I had to tie bells on your shoe laces because you were constantly on the go, I figured it was easier to just keep and ear out for you.  It totally worked she said, and you really loved it!  Fast forward some years and now I’m the mom of two little crawlers who DO NOT STOP.  Because I worked for a high end baby clothing  company at the time I used my design expertise combined with my moms genius “bell” invention and created, Squeeky Knees– The soft squeaky pant for the baby on the go. Squeeky Knees combines foam padding and a squeaky device built into the clothing so knees stay protected from bumps and scrapes and moms can keep an ear out for their little ones. Squeeky Knees are easy on and off, machine washable and dryer friendly.
No muss no fuss.  As fast as I could make them, I couldn’t keep them in stock….I thought, hmm I’m on to something here.  After countless hours of testing fabrics, foam and crawling around on all fours (we found that the impact of crawling affects not just the knees but shins) we had a product. We are now a full fledged business with a website www.squeekyknees.com and exciting opportunities ahead. My 2 1/2 year old daughter still wears Squeeky Knees.  Little falls that occur while trying to keep up with her big brother are no longer met with tears, just a quick squeak and a smile.
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By: Lisa Evans

Founder and Designer of Squeeky Knees

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Friends of iHeartKids receive 20% off Squeeky Knees products using the code: iheartsqueeky all one word lowercase upon checkout.

Time for a Giveaway! Enter to win a free product of your choice by commenting below.
Ends Wednesday October 2nd. Winner selected at random.
Stay up to date with #iHEARTKIDS on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter <3
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Products: We <3 Hello Apparel | Giveaway!

Hello! We are excited to team up for a giveaway with one of our favorite brands: Hello Apparel, clothing for adults and children, made in Arizona.

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Enter to win, a Camo or Floral T-Shirt, of your choice! Enter on @iheartkids instagram or by commenting here, ends Friday September 27th.

To see more awesome fashion by Hello Apparel visit http://hellomerch.com/collections/helloapparel

Good Luck! Love and Hugs, #iHEARTKIDS <3

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Guest Blog: Kidpreneur is Here in Local SE Michigan

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The World Economic Forum identified entrepreneurship education as the core for economic growth because innovation and entrepreneurship provide a way for solving the challenges of the 21st century. Thanh Tran, founder of Kidpreneur in Novi, Michigan, adds that entrepreneurship refers to an individual’s ability to turn ideas into action and is a key competence for all, helping young people to be more creative and self-confident in whatever they undertake. This is the mission for Kidpreneur.

If you have kids or know anyone who does, you will understand that parents encourage their child to start in sports, music, arts and academic early in life. Thanh, a serial entrepreneur and a father of two, is no different. He believes it is partly due to two factors: we want our kids to have a balance of skills to be well-rounded individuals and also explore a potential, hidden interest that could turn out to be their calling. How can’t we encourage our young people to explore entrepreneurship? According to Thanh, entrepreneurship is more than running your own business and maximizing profits. It’s about encouraging confidence and creativity in our kids and being able to communicate and present yourself and your ideas effectively. Like any activity, entrepreneurial skills will help develop key personality traits that can easily overflow into sports, music, arts and academics.

Kidpreneur will be a kid-friendly place where kids aged 8-16 can get mentorship and hands-on training about entrepreneurship and the latest technology including web design, app development, robotics and more. The idea is to have Kidpreneur embedded in the local community where kids and parents feel comfortable and kids are invited to take live classes, online courses, professional coaching and the occasional game challenges with the staff. Kidpreneur plans to launch its pilot on September 21 with the help of Digital Roots in downtown Northville, Michigan. Thanh said “Northville is the ideal location for Kidpreneur because of its unique landscape and transparent border between its neighborhood and downtown business district. We want the kids to roll out of bed and be able to walk, run or bike to their Kidpreneur classes.” And Jay Wolcott, founder and CEO of Digital Roots, is proud to partner with the Kidpreneur program and hopes that his facility inspires regional youth to develop skills that will create a future of innovation.

Kidpreneur’s flagship class is self-titled where kids will learn how to bring their idea to life. The goal is to have the kids be excited about their idea, have fun building a business, give exciting presentations and get customers by the time they graduate from the course. If the kids do not have an idea but want to learn about entrepreneurship, then the instructor will work with them to find their passion. Other pilot classes will include web design, Android App development and LEGO® Mindstorms robotic programming. The classes will take place on Saturdays, lasting 90 minutes for 9 weeks, and the kid to instructor ratio is 4:1. The classes are taught by top practitioners with real-world experience and understand how to get the kids engaged. The graduation event is called Demo Day and will allow the young entrepreneurs to present their business and demonstrate their products and services.

For more information, visit www.Kidpreneur.co or email info@kidpreneur.co.

By: Thanh Tran

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