Jennifer Llamas, Youth and Family Ministry Director
A huge thank you (Thank You Unity SA (1) to everyone who contributed to our school supply donation drive! With your help, our children and teens collected more than 30 binders, over 30 notebooks, 70 folders, colored pencils, crayons, countless pens and pencils, erasers, rubberbands, flashcards, pencil pouches, stickers, books, tissues, snacks, backpacks, teacher supplies, bulletin board décor, and more! We packed all of these items into the back of an SUV last week and delivered them to Brian Jaklich, Social Worker Coordinator for the Harlandale School District. Mr. Jaklich gratefully accepted our community’s gifts and gave us a quick tour of their newly refurbished space that serves as the distribution area for school supplies, clothing, and supplemental food/snacks.
The school supply donation drive was a wonderful capstone to our Sunday School lessons on Prosperity. Despite the perception that is often perpetuated by the media, Millennials and Gen Z-ers are generous souls. In fact, according to Forbes, Millennials donate in greater numbers than any other generation with 84% donating monetarily and 70% giving of their time. As for the Gen-Z generation which encompasses those born after 1996, 70% are interested in doing volunteer work while 60% state that making a difference in the world is a key factor in choosing their future career path.
If you have a young person in your life, here are some concrete ways you can enhance their already well-established giving mindset:
- Teach what it means to share.
- Model generosity.
- Talk about your feelings when you give.
- Volunteer or donate items together.
- Praise the giving impulse.
- Create opportunities for children to be generous.
- Share your stories of times youhave been generous with your time or resources.
- Be generous with your children.
From the generous hearts in Youth Ministry to each of you, we see your loving, kind, and generous ways, and we thank you. Namaste.