My ultimate goal as a parent is not just to teach my daughter how to be a good person, but how to be a good citizen of our community and of the world. A big part of that is teaching her to care for those who are less fortunate and to be a cheerful giver.
Several times a year, we go through her closet and toy box choosing items that no longer fit or that are no longer used to give to charity. Aside fromÂ choosing the best tax calculator for deductingÂ the donation, the process is pretty straightforward.Â She is actively involved in the process of choosing which items to keep and which to give away, and in addition to the charitable lesson, she also learns about the value of things. Additionally, each year during the holidays, we get a big kick out of purchasing and donating toys to Toys for Tots in hope that we’re putting smiles on the faces of kids who otherwise might not have a Christmas.
We donate to causes in which we believe whenever we can, always explaining to my daughter why we believe those causes are worthy. And finally, my daughter is well accustomed to seeing her mama get all up in arms for causes about which I am passionate. I believe in using my voice and influence for good, and I sincerely hope that the lesson is translating to her.
That heart for giving makes me proud of my association with Walmart. Say what you will about the company, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my years working with them, it’s that they know how to give, in the U.S. and elsewhere, all year long. This year, the company is kicking off its 12 Days of Giving Campaign with a Facebook twist.
From now through November 18, you can visit Walmart’s Facebook page to nominate any nonprofit organization for a chance to receive funding. Walmart plans give away a total of $1.5 million through this campaign. To nominate a nonprofit, you’ll be asked to provide basic details like the nonprofit’s name, contact information, website and what the organization does to help people in its community.
Finally, on December 10, Walmart will kick off the 12 Days of Giving and announce which Facebook-nominated companies will receive funding. Check out this video showing how the grant from Walmart helped a senior center last year:
If you know of an organization that could benefit from a Walmart grant, please take a moment to nominate them. It could really change their lives and the lives of all the people they help.
Disclosure: I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. Walmart has provided me with compensation for sharing their 12 Days of Giving Program with you. Participation is voluntary and as usual, all opinions are my own.