My kids are not going to start their own charities before they’ve hit their pre-teen years, like these amazing kids did. But they’ve been happily involved in any charitable work I’ve done since they were very small. They’ve helped me label food for Made by Momma, and sort through clothing donated to the same charity. They’ve manned craft tables and bouncy houses at charity events, and collected donations door to door for the Terry Fox run.
When a friend asked if my daughters would like to get involved in raising money for Helping Hoc, an organization providing disadvantaged children in Vietnam with the support they need to receive an education, they were quick to help. We set a goal of raising $200 (an amount that goes very far in Vietnam), and got to work brainstorming.
Over the course of a month, we baked and sold hundreds of cookies, collected and returned bottles and help a craft night for local children where parents could pay $8 to drop their kids off for three hours.
This weekend we presented Helping Hoc founder Stephanie Wong with $300 in cash at the organization’s Silent Auction (where the girls also helped sell raffle tickets).
I’m a pretty proud mama.