Inspiring Kids to Have a More Meaningful Thanksgiving


  1. Ashton Dawson
    Ashton Dawson November 26, 2013 at 3:21 pm .

    I hope that your children have a wonderful experience. I helped volunteer for a wellness drive a few years ago with my friend’s church. I helped pack water and clothes for the needy people of the community we were serving. I believe it was in one of the Houston wards, but the community was very poor there, and just seeing how they were dealing with their level of poverty was very inspiring. It made me consider that I should be thankful for everything that I have, and has been given to me. I am grateful everyday(even if I might not voice it) for being able to wake up and see my family.

    1. Cherrie Bautista
      Cherrie Bautista December 9, 2013 at 11:24 am .

      We actually did have a wonderful time, Ashton. We also got to watch videos of the actual countries they go to as well as the kids they’ve helped. My kids was so surprised to see so many malnourished kids around the world and made them appreciate what we have more now.

      1. Ashton Dawson
        Ashton Dawson December 9, 2013 at 7:04 pm .

        That is a great way to bring appreciation to your family. show them how much they have in comparison to those who are less fortunate, some so unfortunate that they can’t have but three meals a week, if even that. I see this quite often at church when they are promoting their outreach programs for families in need in third-world countries. Sometimes I stop and ask myself.
        Why don’t we start with our homefront instead? Make home a better place, and then make someone elses’ home a better place from the fruits of our homefront. I would start from the simple, and then move to the more complex.
        I applaud the missionaries, and help groups with all my heart, and I wish them the best. Thanks Cherrie.

  2. silviu
    silviu November 28, 2013 at 11:25 am .

    Yes, we must always be aware that there are so many worlds out there and many of them are extremely different than hours.

    Preparing your kids to understand this simple fact of life will help them enormously later.

    Even in your world, the levels of consciousness are very different. As you said in one of your previous articles: when somebody has 100000 dollars debt and is in a desperate situation, it is very difficult to work with him (her) things like personal development, gratefulness, manifesting abundance etc. The difference in mindset is extraordinary.

    Have a wonderful day

  3. Donna Merrill
    Donna Merrill December 7, 2013 at 1:14 pm .

    Hi Cherrie,

    What a wonderful share. I think it is so important to teach our children to get involved in one way or another with people who have less then them.
    One year when my daughter was in middle school she told me that one of her friends didn’t have a coat. She was heart broken but didn’t know what to do.
    We went shopping and purchased the newest style coat for him. We didn’t want him to think in any way that he was accepting charity because he was a hard working boy. We wrapped it up and left it on his doorstep, rang the bell and ran away and said it was from Santa. He never knew who gave it to him, but my daughter still says it was the best Christmas Ever!

    We also had lived in a mixed neighborhood where some kids didn’t have a place to go for the holidays so we had an open house just for kids on Christmas. Imagine 50 kids from the “streets” getting presents and eating up a storm.

    This is what we need to teach our kids!


    1. Cherrie Bautista
      Cherrie Bautista December 9, 2013 at 11:26 am .

      Donna, that’s a really wonderful gesture. I would like to do the same thing – being able to feed street kids and distribute presents to them someday. Bless you for having a big heart!

  4. Marty Diamond
    Marty Diamond December 8, 2013 at 1:19 am .

    What a great idea your professor had – introducing you to volunteering – I’m sure he changed many lives. There isn’t anything that prepares you for how other people actually live and when you volunteer you’re exposed to people and their life stories that you might never have learned otherwise. It’s a mind and heart opening experience – I’ve always benefited immeasurably from volunteering.

  5. Kyle Nelson
    Kyle Nelson December 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm .

    This i a great story and I opener for all of us i feel. I know every year i try to do some type of giving back to my community whether it is going to a soup kitchen, giving out care packs, or a simple donation. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Shelley Alexander
    Shelley Alexander December 8, 2013 at 8:20 pm .

    Hi Cherrie, I’m so happy to hear that you and your children are volunteering to work for Feed My Starving Children. I think it’s really important to teach our children to get involved in helping others you may not be as blessed as they are. Thanks for sharing your story!

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