Ah, summer. Do you remember what that meant when you were a kid? The only work at hand was how you were going to fill the day with play from sun up until the street lights came on. Now imagine your childhood without those great memories. Every day millions of children fill their days concerned with serious illness, a stable home and their next meal.
This midsummer month, when most kids are not in school, was designated as National Make a Difference for Children month to remind adults that they can have a positive impact on a child’s. Here are a few ways you can make a difference:
Spend time with a child. Mentor organizations are always searching for good adults to provide guidance to children. Sign up to work at a summer camp. The experience will be equally rewarding for you.
Support a child advocacy organization. If you can’t find the time to work directly with children, consider giving time or financial support to a nonprofit organization that helps children. These organizations range from advocacy groups such as CASA to health organizations such as St. Baldricks.
Bring it all home. If you have a child at home getting on the “I’m bored” train, come up with some activities to beat the dog-days of summer and create some lasting memories for your family.
There are literally hundreds of ways to make a difference in a child’s life from spending a few hours with them to adoption. Remember that putting a smile on a child’s face can be a rewarding experience and an investment in the future of your community. Hopefully you can find some time to help these kids forget about their struggle at least for a little while, because no child should go without something to smile about.