Make A Simple Giving Bank

Many thanks to CARE for sponsoring this post and encouraging me to learn more about this great cause!
Make A Simple Giving Bank

My family is blessed to have a comfortable life. We live in a lovely apartment in a beautiful neighborhood. Our daughter goes to a private school, and we have 2 cars. Even though funds get tight sometimes, we never have to worry about whether or not we’ll have food to eat, or hot water to take a shower, or heck, water to drink. We are very fortunate. It hasn’t always been that way for me, but even at my lowest moments, I’ve still always had at least the basic necessities. That’s not the case for everyone in the world.

Take for example, Biti Rose Nasoni. She’s a mother who lives in the African nation of Malawi. After having to pull her son out of school because she and her husband couldn’t afford the uniform, she secured a $2 loan (TWO dollars) from CARE Village Savings And Association. With that money, she started a business selling donuts for 2 cents. Eventually she was earning several dollar each day, more than she’d ever earned in her life! Read more about Biti Rose’s story on the CARE Knows How site.

Have you heard of CARE? Here’s more about them:

They are an organization fighting global poverty with a commitment to empowering women and girls. CARE seeks a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.

CARE doesn’t just help, they actually give the tools to women and girls to be able to create real change. Speaking of change, Ayva and I made a very simple giving bank so that she can start saving her coins in order to give to help someone else in need. The act of making the bank was a great way for us to talk about what it means to care about others, and why people sometimes need help from others.

To make the bank, we simply covered a box with colorful wrapping paper. Ayva chose a phrase to write on it, “Care For Others”, and we wrapped that around the box. An easy slit at the top to add the coins and we were done. Ayva is always finding and collecting coins, and she’s excited to be able to make a difference.

You can make a difference, too. Support the work that CARE is doing by donating today. While you’re there, check out the rest of the inspiring featured stories! #CAREKnowsHow

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11 responses to “Make A Simple Giving Bank”

  1. Maca Avatar

    I feel what you say, this looks like a great idea to start explaining our kids why we should help others that didnt have the same luck as us! Congratulations on this!

  2. Megan Avatar

    What a great idea! My church sent home with our kids little boxes to fill with coins and return when filled and my kids loved looking for coins to put in their boxes. Now that we have sent them back to the church I think I will do this with them to keep the spirit of giving alive!

    1. brandijeter Avatar

      YES! I love that the church did that! I’m going to see if church wants to do that, too!

  3. Lashawn Avatar

    I love that you are teaching her early to help others! I need to start the same with my son!

    1. brandijeter Avatar

      Thank you, Lashawn! It’s not easy, I tell you! But it’s nice when I realize that she gets it!

  4. JanetGoingCrazy Avatar

    What a perfect way to teach our kids about caring for others.

    1. brandijeter Avatar

      Thank you, Janet! It was fun to spent quality time together, too!

  5. Pam Avatar

    What a great way to teach about caring for others.

  6. Joyce Brewer (@MommyTalkShow) Avatar

    Love this.
    Our son gets an allowance each week and he’s saving for his first car when he’s 16!
    You’ve reminded me of the next lesson – giving to others.

  7. Carolyn Daley Avatar
    Carolyn Daley

    I like the idea of decorating a box with wrapping paper to create a bank. This is a simple way for kids to create a bank that suits their style and personalize it.

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