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Helping strengthen kids and communities through family volunteerism... July 2009
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  • Ways and Means to Bolster Troops
  • Considering Wartime Struggles
  • Inspiration
  • News From DGT

  • In this month when we celebrate our country's independence, consider bringing some joy to American soldiers. Below are simple ways your family can support the troops, as well as those whose lives and communities are being affected by war. No matter what your position is on the complex and difficult issues related to war and peace, showing your family's support and compassion will surely make a positive difference



    Jenny Friedman, Executive Director

    Ways and Means to Bolster Troops
    Books for Soldier

    Make a Difference...

    Lots of organizations have formed to bring support to military persons and war-stricken citizens. Here are some fun ways your family can get involved, along with contact information.

  • Put together school supply kits for Iraqi children &nbsp&nbsp operation iraqichildren.org
  • Send a message to serving and veteran soldiers &nbsp&nbsp thanksamillion. org
  • Send care packages to marines serving in Iraq &nbsp&nbsp and Afghanistan carepackageproject.com
  • Collect books to send to soldiers booksforsoldiers.com
  • Host a fundraiser or drive for a veteran hospital landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org
  • Support organizations active in Iraq humanitarian relief networkforgood.org
  • Photo: Books for Soldiers

    Considering Wartime Struggles
    The Impossible Patriotism Project

    Talk About It...

    War and military can be difficult topics to discuss with your children, but as kids reach school-age, we can no longer protect them from hearing about - and having questions about -- these issues. How you approach your conversation depends on the ages of your children and your personal ideas and beliefs. Here are some points to consider:

  • Encourage your children to express their own understanding, ideas and concerns about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan first. Then share your knowledge of the issues, as well as your own beliefs and values, but let them know that others may have different points of view.
  • Be honest, but try to respond to your child's questions and concerns in ways that are hopeful. Emphasize the value of peaceful resolutions to conflicts.
  • It is easy for stereotypes to be exaggerated during times of war. Take time to point out our commonalities with those from other countries and of different cultures. Perhaps you have a personal story to share. It's never too early to begin teaching tolerance.
  • Learn About It...

    The Impossible Patriotism Project by Linda Skeers; illustrated by Ard Hoyt (Puffin, 2009). Ages 4-8.

    When the students at Caleb's school are assigned to create projects about the true meaning of patriotism for display during Parents' Night, Caleb is stumped. However, when he begins to think about his father, who is serving in the military overseas and will not be able to attend Parents' Night, Caleb comes up with an idea to honor his father and the rest of the troops. Filled with whimsical illustrations and humor, The Impossible Patriotism Project explains patriotism in language children can understand, while celebrating the bravery and sacrifices made by those who have fought for our freedom.


    Photo: The Impossible Patriotism Project by Linda Skeers

    Inspiration

    "I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him."

    Abraham Lincoln

    News From DGT

    Our executive director, Jenny Friedman, provides workshops and presentations on a variety of topics related to family service and raising compassionate children. If your parent group, PTA/PTO, civic organization, faith community, corporation or nonprofit agency is interested in having her speak, email us at mail@doinggoodtogether.org. For more information,visit our website.

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