While finally getting around to cleaning out the toys at Mimi's house, I got the crazy idea to try a toy sale. Then, the idea got even crazier as I thought up a scheme of using the toy sale to help teach generosity to the kids. I borrowed this idea from a friend who's child sold lemonade for charity.
We picked World Vision as our charity for the sale.
Coloring a sign for the yard.
We decided to hold our toy sale for 1 hour in the morning and 1 hour in the evening.
The first customer!
Isaac gets to color in our progress on our donation chart.
We're at $5. $16 would allow us to buy a Rabbit to feed a needy family.
Coloring in the chart after a very generous donation from Nana and Aunt Robin.
Our second shift was much more popular and just as generous.
By the end of the night, our friends and family had donated more than enough for us to order a goat.
Since we had a bit left over, we added some of our own funds and purchased a goat and 4 ducks!
Showing the kids the goat and 4 ducks that we were purchasing.
They all helped me push the button to make the final purchase.
What made this a success:First of all, Isaac (almost 6) and Lily (age 6) were very helpful, as long as we kept reminding them of their tasks. They sold items, counted money, and marked our progress on the chart. The littler kids were less helpful (well, they helped themselves to ice and toys). The point: age 5 is probably a minimum for this experiment.
If we had just set out to sell our toys, we would have made a few dollars at best. Making this an effort to teach the kid generosity also showed us the generosity in our friends and family. Even though we had prices marked on the toys, many paid far more than we asked, and had us keep the change. It was so special to see our family and friends pull together to purchase such an awesome gift for families in need. I hope the kids were as impacted as I was.
Written by Megan Lagoy