As part of the tradition of celebrating their First Holy Communion or Confirmation, your child will no doubt receive some gifts of money from friends, neighbours and relatives. Recent news stories report that 1 in 4 Irish children receive around €1,000 for their Communion, with most children receiving €400 which presents parents with the perfect opportunity to not only introduce ideas around money management and savings, but to teach their child about those less fortunate than themselves and how to help.
By encouraging your child to contribute a part of the gifts they receive to charity it not only helps them to think of others but hopefully starts a habit of sharing which might last a lifetime. It is important that the child participates in choosing the charity. There are so many worthy charities out there. Below we have listed just a few child focussed charities to which you can donate online or perhaps if the charity is located near you, the child could visit the charity premises to make the donation.
Barnardos supports children whose well being is under threat by working with them, their families and communities and by campaigning fo rthe rights of children. Donate online at www.barnardos.ie or Telephone 01 453 0355 or callsave 1850 222300
Temple Street is the first port of call for tens of thousands of children every year suffering from every kind of illness and injury imaginable. Our aim is to help sick children by making their stay in hospital less distressing for them and their families, by funding the purchase of medical equipment, developing new services, funding research and developing new treatment facilities. Donate online at www.templestreet.ie
Chernobyl Children's Trust are building futures for the children who continue to suffer the consequences of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster. Donate online at www.chernobylchildrenstrust.ie or phone 01 8735702.
Barretstown is a specially designed camp providing a unique programme of adventure, activites and fun which helps children with serious illness regain their confidence and self-esteem and hs become internationally recognised as having a profound and positive impact on their lives. Donate online at www.barretstown.org or LoCall 1850 500123
The Jack & Jill Children's Foundation helps alleviate the very distressful suffering experienced by tiny babies born with servered developmental delay until they reach the age of four years. Donate online www.jackandjill.ie
Concern Worldwide helps thousands of children who don’t know where or when they are going to get their next meal especially if they are living in poverty or their country has experienced a natural disaster. It is through the public’s extraordinary kindness that we are able to give this lifeline to vulnerable children in the world. Donate online at www.concern.net
Make-a-Wish in Ireland has one simple aim - We grant the wishes of children aged between 3 and 18 years living with a life-threatening medical condition to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. To continue with our work and succeed in our aims, we rely overwhelmingly on the kindness of people like you. The child makes a wish, we make it happen, you, make it possible. Donate online at www.makeawish.ie