This Time2Give story was sent in by Andrea – she’s holding a local coupon swap for the Chattanooga/Cleveland area on Feb. 3rd. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishables for The Caring Place – a local outreach program for the needy. Read all about it HERE!
Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you.
As a child my Grandmother drilled this into my head. As the owner of a restaurant, she never lets anyone leave hungry. I don’t remember a time when she hasn’t been the most giving person I know. This week, I decided that it was time that my 7 year old learned the value of giving – in a real, hands-on way!
So, I got online and ordered (20) coupons for $.50/1 Maruchan Yakisoba noodles. I gave them to my son, Carter, along with $15, and said “Let’s go shopping.” When we arrived at the store, he got the buggy, talked to the store manager to make sure that they had enough, counted out (40) individual meals, and off to the checkout line we went. I gave the cashier my BiLo card, and the fun began!
Carter told the bag boy that he would bag them and he brought his own bags. Afterwards he handed the lady his coupons, made sure that she took off for bringing his own bags. The grand total was….. $2.85!!!!
He was very excited about taking all of these meals to The Caring Place in Cleveland, TN last Tuesday (1/11). Carter understands that everyone doesn’t have it as easy as he does, and in his own words “ I don’t like to be hungry, and I don’t want other kids to be! “ Needless to say I am one very happy mother!
If you have small children, and have a large stockpile of things, or can get free items that you will not use – use it as a teachable moment. Let them do all the work, even though it’s not much, that way they know the value of giving!