In "Windows and Mirrors," a Tapestry of Faith program
Read aloud part of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol or show some or all of a film version (see Find Out More).
Tell the children:
Ebenezer Scrooge saw that his greed and selfishness were directly responsible for the Cratchit family's hunger and poor health. Dickens was NOT saying we cause others' misery when we treat ourselves well. Instead, he was using Scrooge as an extreme example, to teach us something: When we take more than we need, there is likely someone nearby who needs that extra bit, or more.
Present the charity project you have selected. Describe the new or gently used books, socks, scarves, toys or other items you would like children to consider donating to a child who may need them more. Explain that children should consult with their parents before giving away any belongings.
The group may include children who cannot or do not donate "extra" items. Plan a donation process that does not put any child on the spot. Avoid conveying any judgment about children's contributions.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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