One of the lessons every parent tries to teach their child is to help others in need. Teaching compassion is accomplished through actions more than words.
Kids are always paying attention, even when parents think they aren't. Kids watch how their parents handle situations that arise in life to figure out how to handle similar situations in the future.
Here are 10 ways you can help others through your actions. Involve your kids to teach them compassion for others through your example.
The United Way of Central Virginia is holding their Community Food Drive for the month of October. You will find food collection bins in many locations.
You'll find collection bins this month at Wal-Mart for Feeding America, which benefits the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Give generously to help the hungry in Central Virginia.
Attend the Heritage High School vs. E.C. Glass High School football game on Friday, Oct. 18 at Lynchburg City Stadium. The game, known as the Turkey Challenge, provides turkeys for local families for the holidays. Bring a frozen turkey or supply a $15 or more donation at the gate to receive two tickets to the game, which begins at 7 p.m.
Visit the Lynchburg Fire Department's location at 800 Madison Street this week to pick up a Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirt or hoodie. The LFD has been shipping these popular items across the area and has more on hand. T-shirts are $10 and hoodies are $20. Funds benefit breast cancer research.
The Ugly Bug Ball will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 at Amazement Square in downtown Lynchburg. This annual event raises funds to fulfill the museum's mission of providing hands-on learning to kids of all ages.
Register to run or walk in the I AM Woman 5K to benefit the Children's Miracle Network. Women and girls will begin the run at 8 a.m. on Oct. 26 at Centra Alan B. Pearson Cancer Center.
Set the Record for Life on Oct. 26 at Percival's Island. The Run/Walk-a-Thon begins at 9:00 a.m. Following the running and walking events, there will be a Laser Tag World Record Game. This event benefits the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center.
Make plans to attend the Lynchburg Zombie Walk at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 at Lynchburg Community Market. Dress in your favorite zombie attire and donate canned food to benefit the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank or cash to benefit the Lynchburg Dog Park as your admission fee.
On Oct. 30, Panera Bread will host a Pack the Bus Food Drive at their newest location on Lakeside Drive. The foods you donate will go to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank to feed the hungry in Central Virginia.
There are many small things you can do to help others. Rake leaves or do yard work for an elderly neighbor, donate time or money to your church or your child's school, visit a friend in the hospital or donate toys or clothing to a nonprofit organization. The possibilities are endless.
There are many worthy organizations in Central Virginia who are making a difference in the lives of others. Explore the volunteer opportunities with the Boys & Girls Club of Central Virginia, the American Red Cross, Miriam's House, Gleaning For The World or another great organization.
Kids learn through the actions of their parents. Teaching compassion is as easy as helping others in Central Virginia while your kids are watching and learning.