Teach Your Kids About Community – Donate a coat!

Tap Influence sponsored this blog post.  The opinions and text are all mine.

How to do you teach your kids about community? I make sure that my kids know they are part of a bigger picture and that there are both little and big things they can do to make a difference.

Start Small: Keep it simple. As grownups we think go big or go home. With kids, you need to keep things simple. At least in the beginning.

Keep it Relatable: Want them to be involved, have them help other kids. I’ve found when I’ve told my children especially my daughter, that she will be helping another kid just like her, she’s usually eager to help.

Keep it Close to Home: Give back in your own neighborhood. Being involved in your community means your children will be able to see the impact.

Empower your Children: You may be tempted do something in your community FOR your child, but instead, give them the opportunity to do it themselves. It will give them confidence and build their self esteem.

One of the ways I taught Quincy about community this winter is by participating in the Annual Warm Coats and Warm Hearts Coat Drive, hosted by Burlington Stores. We picked out a coat that both of her brothers had outgrown and took it to our local Burlington Store in Edmonds so another child would receive a coat to keep them warm. One of the great things about this program is all donated coats remain with each store community, helping neighbors most in need.

Quincy was eager to participate in her special project from walking into the store, to placing the coat in the donation box, and even getting a 10% off coupon for the cashier for donating her coat. All by herself. Did I mention Quincy isn’t even 5 yet?

More than 1.3 million coats have been collected and donated over the past 7 years – that’s a lot of people staying warm! I can’t wait to help Quincy gather up more coats for kids! She was so great about understanding that not all children have warm coats and it’s so important for us to share the ones we don’t use or need anymore.

Burlington, a national off-price retailer offering style for less with up to 65 percent off department store prices every day, continues to help local communities stay warm with their annual Warm Coats and Warm Hearts Coat Drive. Donated coats stay locally within each store community and are given to those most in need. With each coat donation, customers receive 10% off their entire purchase as Burlington’s thank you. A great way to give back and save money at the same time! Visit the Coat Drive to learn more and where you can donate by 1/19/2015.

Get your children involved! Donate a gently-worn coat at your nearby Burlington to help those locally in need. And when you do, receive Burlington’s thanks – 10% off your entire purchase.

When you donate a coat (or two!) at Burlington, be sure to take a picture and share why you are donating your coat on Twitter and Instagram using #CoatNotes. Your picture could appear on Good Morning America!

How do you teach your children about community? Did you participate in Burlington Stores Warm Coats and Warm Hearts Coat Drive?

About Kerri Jablonski

Kerri Jablonski AKA The Maven lives in Seattle,WA with her 3 kids (2008, 2010, 2013), husband, cats and backyard chickens. Two of her children have special needs. Kerri enjoys cooking, travel, movies and spending time with her family.