Teaching Children about Charity

There are many opportunities to teach young people that they are part of a larger community and that we are responsible for everyone around us. By giving acts of charity a  role in  family life, you can encourage your child to grow up with a healthy sense of compassion and a strong charitable spirit.

Children can be encouraged to pick out, or help buy, something to give away on their birthday and holidays. Ask that a donation to a charity be made in your name in stead of gifts on your own birthday.

During the course of the year when you buy something for your child let them pick out something for a child in need; backpacks, winter coats, gloves and books are always needed. 

Collecting things that they take for granted in their own life, toilet paper, toothpaste, deodorant can open up  a conversation about giving.  If kids accompany you to purchase supplies and bring them to St. Vincent’s, it sends a very strong message about how you see the world.

School-aged children can organize a food drive with friends, or classmates, by contacting their local grocery store.  Have your child look up a website or talk to someone working in a helping organization to find out what it is they do and what they need. 

Have a conversation about what they have learned.

Please be aware that we try to protect and respect the people that come to us for help.  We ask that all our volunteers be eighteen years of age. 

Here are some websites you might find interesting.


INDIANAPOLIS—Parents who talk to their children about charitable giving significantly increase the likelihood that those children will give to charity, according to Women Give 2013, a new study from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.