My husband and I have been looking for ways we can teach our kids about compassion and generosity. I grew up hearing “A child in China would love to eat your broccoli!” and that didn’t do much for me. It’s hard to know how we can start teaching our kids about helping others, even when they are still young.
Share Your Wish makes it easy to demonstrate compassion to your kids: Ask some of your partygoers to donate funds (in lieu of a gift) to a charity or charities of your choice. The process is simple and you have a terrific teaching opportunity for your kids and their friends.
I love the idea of quality over quantity. Instead of receiving 20 presents from every child in my daughter’s class (maybe half of which she’ll like), I would rather choose a few presents I know she’ll love. With Share a Wish, you can keep a percentage of the money given by your guests to buy a few gifts on Amazon. The child won’t feel shortchanged and you won’t have to stuff another ten board games in your closet. Most importantly, you can sit down with your kids and explain how they are helping people.
This is how it works: Register at Share Your Wish and personalize your Event Page. The Event Page is your birthday invitation with the details of the party. Add photos of your child and personal details.
Pick your charity or charities (up to 3) and decide the percentage of the child’s gifts that you will share with a charity. The rest of the money is yours to purchase your child’s gifts on Amazon.
Send an e-mail to your guests that links back to your event page. Here they will find out about the party, contribute to the child’s gift and RSVP.
You will receive a Reward Certificate that you can display at your party that shows that you contributed to a charity through Share a Wish.
There is no cost for the host to sign up or use Share the Wish. Guests are charged $2 to help maintain Share Your Wish.
Some of the charities that partner with Share a Wish are: Beverly’s Birthdays (an organization that provides birthday parties for homeless youth), Calvary Hospital Hospice, Friends of Karen (provides emotional and financial support to children with life-threatening illnesses), National MPS Society, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, among others.
The founders of Share Your Wish are Westchester residents who experienced birthday party present overload and decided to do something about it. Find out more at Share a Wish.