The first Tuesday of each April is Arizona Gives Day. It’s a good reminder for us to look at what we are giving to those around us. It’s a day to go online and make a tax-deductible donation to causes you care about. The donation stays local and helps nonprofits provide much needed services and support for people in the state of Arizona.
Serving others is at the heart of our family through the giving of our time, talents and treasures. Maybe we help the less fortunate or maybe we just help a neighbor or friend. It is extremely important that our children experience the regular gift of helping out and serving those around us on a regular basis without receiving anything in return.
St. Vincent dePaul is a recipient of all of our 3 T’s! We have volunteered as a family at St. Vincent dePaul’s family dining room for a couple of years. Every third Wednesday of each month, we put everything aside to drive downtown to work a few hours together. It is a special place for all involved and it’s one of the few places that let children as young as nine get in on the action!
Our kids have worked the bathroom, served on the salad bar line and have waited tables taking orders and delivering the meals to the families there. But, their favorite thing to do is work in the amazing Dream Center for the kids. Here they assist with art projects, help with homework and play games with the children. It is such a special place and we are proud to be a part of it!
I don’t want my kids to grow up thinking that serving others is about acquiring hours for a local school group that they are a part of. I want it to be a part of who they are and what our family just does.
Evaluate where your family is putting their time, talents and treasures!
To whomever much is given, of him will much be required; and to whom much was entrusted, of him more will be asked. Luke 12:48