It was a chilly winter day when Daley and Finley set up their hot cocoa and cookie stand to raise money for a good cause. Their sales tactics included hip-shakin’ dancing, enthusiastic handwaving, high-stepping, and zealous sign-waving.
They tried to stay positive as vehicle after vehicle passed without stopping. Was it because it was so cold? Because the people were late for an appointment? Because they don’t like hot chocolate? Or cookies?! We wondered.
We did appreciate those who waved, smiled, or honked even though they didn’t stop. One trucker rolled his window down and called, “I’ll catch ya’ the next time,” at least giving them hope.
Indeed, they hoped to raise money for Compassion International’s Water of Life program, which Daley had been learning about at his school. Every 15 seconds a child dies from a water-related illness. Donations help provide water filtration systems to families and children who do not have access to clean water.
We learned a lot about generosity from those who said, “keep the change,” when paying their 25-cent order with a dollar or two. In fact, two customers even paid with a ten-dollar bill (thanks, Mrs. B.).
One big donor (a kind neighbor) stopped to say hello as we were pulling our supplies home on a sled after closing up. When 4-year-old Finley explained, “We are giving the money to kids who have to go to a dirty river to get water and get sick,” he handed her a ten-spot. Her eyes grew big and she exclaimed, “Holy cow! Mom, we should save it to stay at a hotel.”
As parents, we are hoping to instill the value of giving. Looks like we’ll need to keep working on it.
In the meantime, the kids raised $32.15 for their cause. Thank you to the people who took a few minutes of their busy day to help teach our kids that they can make a difference in the world. You sure made a difference in theirs!
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