one for you, one for me.

Target had piggy banks on sale last week. That’s what I call divine intervention on aisle 28. I knew we needed 4 of them.

My stepdad lets my children take handfuls of pocket change from his special jar at the end of every visit. They’ve accumulated quite a stash.

So we put it to good use, spreading it among the four of them – Sarah, Ephraim, Neema, and Abner.

Now, I’m not (usually) a fool. I realize that these kiddos of mine are still blissfully blind to the allure and power of money. They didn’t earn it, they don’t need it, and it means nothing to them aside from the fun they have sorting and spreading it all over our house.

Which makes it very, very easy for them to give it away.

The act of sharing coins with their newly sponsored friends is a small act of kindess on a Sunday evening.   

An exercise in “one for you, one for me” while it’s still easy.

But our hope is that this small act of generosity now,

will plant seeds of larger, sacrificial generosity later.

And maybe change the course of two lives in the process.

Wait a second. Make that six.

(After so many of you clicked over to their website from last week’s post Emily from Compassion International got in touch and asked if I would be willing to put a banner up in my sidebar sharing the word about child sponsorship. I told her I would be honored to do so. So go ahead and click it and start the adventure with us!)

JessicaSeptember 23, 2010 - 5:43 pm

Awww. So cute! reminds me of what I did with my grandpa. When will the clean color workflow come out? I am really interested in it and can’t wait to learn more about it! also, how much will it cost?

reneeSeptember 23, 2010 - 6:21 pm

I’m sharing the adventure– I was inspired by your first post to sponsor a child too! Her name is Thejasri and she’s a doll faced 5 year old from India who had been waiting over 6 months for a sponsor! So “thanks” from me and from my new sweet pea Thejasri!

Janelle AndersonSeptember 23, 2010 - 6:32 pm

Love this. So glad you are getting the word out to people…it’s making us readjust which areas of charity we support. 🙂 A wonderful idea for the kids.

AmySeptember 23, 2010 - 11:35 pm

Love this! And I love how you use for talents for such good! Love you and those kiddos!

AnonymousSeptember 24, 2010 - 6:30 am

I was lost for a minute on who Neema and Abner were, but then it clicked. Wow Erin, you have a heart of gold. God bless you! You can never start too early showing your kids generosity and the way of giving to others.

Shelley DeckerSeptember 24, 2010 - 7:15 am

We have 3 boys through Compassion, and have been doing money jars for them as well for awhile…It really ads up fast! We give them the contents of their jar for their birthday. Josh LOVES putting change in the jars…It has been such a good lesson for him. I just melt when he finds money and says he is going to give it to his friends!

Glad you put up the banner for Compassion. My Mom and I went on a tour of their building a few months ago. They really do great things for these kids.

The one thing I can’t stress enough is how important it is to write to your sponsor Children. I always try to include a little something with my letters (unless I submit them online) like a card, coloring pages, etc. I have bought some great $1 coloring posters at Michaels that the kids just loved! The posters folded down to letter size so mailing them was no problem. They also cherish any pictures you can send.

Thanks for posting, Erin. We are big fans of compassion, and love our boys so much. I hope to meet each of them someday on a Compassion trip.


JenniferSeptember 24, 2010 - 10:07 am

It’s not surprising that your children have already inherited your generous streak! (By the way, picture #4 of Ephraim is one of those that reminds me of you when you were little!)

SusieSeptember 24, 2010 - 3:51 pm

I keep meaning to take pictures of how our girls dress up their Target piggies. Always adorable and so are yours!!

DebbieSeptember 26, 2010 - 2:51 pm

Thanks for the reminder of Compassion! It has been one of our considerations for years, yet until now had never made the leap. We now sponsor a 6yr old girl and our two children are really getting into it. They even wrote a chores list of things they can do around the house to contribute & “earn” their part of the sponsorship. Love it! It’s never too early to plant the seed!

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