Efforts abound to help kids find the 'let me' hidden among the season's 'give me'
Patkin suggests committing to working two days a month as a family with a charity or doing something to help others, such as elderly neighbors or working a church yard sale.
Writing a check helps people, but children don't understand it the same way they do handing someone food at a pantry and knowing it will allow them to care for their babies, said Kendrick.
"For me, it boils down to the good of society," said Simens. "If we have a bunch of 'gimme, gimme' kids, we're going to end up with a society that is more dysfunctional than it is already."
As for the season, it's hands-on, she said. "We want kids to be involved in the local community," delivering food, not just buying it. "It ties into Christmas and Thanksgiving and it is such a joyful thing to be able to give to someone else. Sometimes the impact is powerful."
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