Last week I had the opportunity to speak with Sheila from Pennies of Time on the phone. Her organization does a lot of good work globally and I want to share with you what I learned from her!
When Sheila's two boys were only 2 and 4 years old, she felt like she wanted to get them involved in service. She was nervous, however, because they were small and she wasn't sure how much they could do. Family life is busy as it is, and adding something huge to their lives might have been too hard.
When a friend of Sheila's tragically passed away and left her young daughter, Penny, people from all over reached out in ways both small and large to help out this young girl. That's when Sheila realized that acts of kindness can come in forms both large and small, but that each little act of kindness adds up. Each penny of time makes a difference!
She began teaching her boys about acts of kindness. She made an effort to do something kind with them each day. She started writing about her experiences and Pennies of Time developed.
Now she helps families globally create memories of doing acts of kindness together. "I want families to think of doing acts of kindness as often as they think of doing any other family activity," she told me over the phone. She hopes that families can begin thinking of doing acts of kindness as often as they think of going to the movies or out to eat together. She wants families to have happy memories of being kind, reaching out, and serving those around them.
Check her website for tons of ideas and training on how to teach your kids to reach out to others.
Thank you, Sheila for the work you're doing globally!