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Teaching Our Kids to Give Back During the Holidays with Family Dollar

Discover something new this holiday season in Family Dollar with Christie Cronan from Raising Whasians!

The holidays offer important life lessons, especially for my children. I'm teaching our kids to give back during the holidays with a little help from Family Dollar. This post is sponsored by Family Dollar. All opinions are my own.

Teaching Our Kids to Give Back During the Holidays with Family Dollar

It was just this week that I was sitting in the car with my 4-year-old as she exclaimed "I can't wait for Christmas presents!" That's when a harsh dose of reality hit me. Raising unselfish kids, the struggle is real. As much as I try to ingrain the foundations of giving back, loving others and being kind, sometimes those selfish child reflexes are harder to break. But that doesn't mean we should give up. That just means we try even harder.

Every year, my family makes a point to stop what we're doing during the busy holiday season to teach our kids to give back during the holidays. This year, we're starting early. Find out how we're teaching our kids the art of giving back this holiday season by "discovering something new" at Family Dollar.

Making Our List & Checking It Twice

It all begins with a shoebox and a wish list. Filling shoeboxes for children that wouldn't get Christmas presents this year was our family mission. Our giving project started with a little research as we wrote down things that needed to go in our shoeboxes to make Christmas magic happen for the kids in need. Particularly kids the same age as our kids: a 2-4-year-old girl for my daughter, and a 7-9-year-old boy for my son. A "WOW" gift (aka a really special toy) was a priority on our lists as well as toiletries, school supplies, clothes and other little surprises for lasting holiday memories.

Thoughtful Shopping

Where was I going to find all of the items on our shoebox list, including those "WOW" toys? Family Dollar. I let the kids take the lead with their shopping lists as we drove around the corner to our local Family Dollar store. Already stocked for the holidays, I love that Family Dollar has a wide variety of quality kids toys with lots of name-brand picks for under $25. I appreciated that Family Dollar has amazing kids toy choices that still fit within our family budget. I even spotted "potential" gifts for my own kids (maybe another trip). As we browsed the aisle, my kids loved picking out their own personal "WOW" gift for their child.

My daughter grabbed this adorable Minnie doll and a little Puppy in My Pocket for a girl her age.

My son stuck to his favorite Hot Wheels trucks and cars.

But beyond just toys, Family Dollar made our shoebox shopping experience easy and unforgettable as my kids grabbed special items for each child: socks, bandages, toothbrushes, stickers, reusable cups and more to put in their shoeboxes. They were so proud to pick out each thoughtful gift! Family Dollar's Everyday Low Prices, Price Drop and $1 WOW items helped us stretch our holiday dollars further as we filled each shoebox to the brim with great products.

Packing with Love

Both of my kids are very task-oriented. Sorting through all of our items we purchased from Family Dollar, I gave my kids the task of packing their own boxes. My kids were delighted to fill each box with the items that they picked out, each making sure that the WOW toys were clearly visible to the children who would receive them. I love how much their giving hearts grew as they lovingly and carefully packed all of their items.

Personalized Giving

There's something so special about giving from the heart, especially around the holidays. We finished our shoeboxes with personal notes from our family. Each with a little drawing and message from our kids, it was the perfect final touch to our giving project. Shoeboxes full and completed, my kids are learning how much more fulfilling it is to give this holiday season. Through this giving project, I truly believe that my kids' giving hearts grew just a little bit bigger, laying those forever foundations for giving back.

Discover Something New

Giving back this Christmas is easy thanks to Family Dollar. We "discovered something new" in our store this holiday season - giving hearts! Our one-stop-shop for everything to pack in our shoeboxes, we loved finding the perfect name-brand toys for under $25, along with all of the school supplies, toiletries and more surprise goodies to make kids' Christmases just a little brighter. I invite you and your family to Discover Something New at your local Family Dollar this holiday season. Need some inspiration? Check out what my friend Dawn over at Cutefetti recently discovered at her Family Dollar. And stay tuned for more fun inspiration from The Penny Closet, Sprinkle Some Fun, Mom Endeavors, and Lexi With The Curls coming soon.

Raising unselfish kids - we're still working on it. But I love how giving back this holiday season with Family Dollar has helped my kids discover how much giving hearts are happy hearts.

How are you teaching your kids to give back during the holidays? Have you discovered something new at your Family Dollar?

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By Christie Cronan

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