|Doing Good Together Newsletter|
Jenny Friedman, Executive Director
Make a Difference... Along with your new exercise plan, think about a New Year's resolution that will begin a family tradition of giving and serving. Here are some simple (and fun!) ideas:
Talk About It No matter which tradition of volunteering your family adopts, have conversations about how to make the project valuable. You want it to be truly helpful to those you serve, and meaningful and educational for you and your children.
Learn About It In Under the Lemon Moonby Edith Hope Fine, the theft of lemons from Rosalinda's lemon tree leads her to an understanding of generosity and forgiveness. The story deals with the pain of being robbed of a treasure, and also, by showing the thief with his impoverished family, conveys the need for compassion. Rene King Moreno's watercolor and pastel drawings of the Mexican countryside are delightful.
Photo: Under the Lemon Moon by Edith Hope Fine
A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under whose shade they will never sit.
When Stephanie Zahrbock was gathered with family after the holidays one year, they made a dramatic discovery: "We realized we had very little need for Christmas gifts," says Zahrbock, of Edina, Minn. The group of 19 family members ultimately decided to pare down to two gifts: a pooled extended family "giving gift" and a gift-exchange present. Since then, Zahrbock and her relatives have pooled money each year to fund one or more different agreed-upon charities. Their list of choices reads like a who's who of family volunteerism. The first year they sponsored a holiday family through a local Community Action Program (www.capagency.org ). Each individual family was assigned to buy a specific gift for a member of the sponsored family. The next year they all sponsored a family again, but they also split some reserved funds to aid a local family in crisis and provide food for their local community food shelf. The third year they participated in the Toys for Tots toy drive (www.toysfortots. org). Recognizing the strong enthusiasm among family members for the hands-on aspect of the toy drop, last year they opted to fund Feed My Starving Children (www.fmsc.org) and to spend a family group evening packing food to send to hungry people worldwide. That event was so popular with the children that the group is hoping to repeat it again this year.
Photo: Stephanie Zahrbock with her husband, Greg Loxtercamp, and their children Sabrina and Quentin
News from DGT This story in the White Bear Lake community newspaper describes a project from one of our most recent school partnerships. It is a great example of the kind of success (and fun!) Doing Good Together has enjoyed as we've worked with organizations around the Twin Cities.
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