If you are a long time reader of this blog, then you may remember the XO Laptop Giveaway I hosted last year to promote Betty Crocker's Win & Give Campaign. I am so happy to be able to bring you another one of these great giveaways, and to tell you a little bit about this wonderful program.
Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks has partnered with parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba to help kids in the US give back by donating laptops to kids in Africa. This campaign teaches kids that giving can be fun, and that even the smallest acts can make a big difference.
The XO Laptops are rugged laptops that help kids learn and have fun. They are packed with software and can even connect to the internet. Thanks to the organization One Laptop Per Child, 2.5 million educational laptops have been delivered to children in 42 countries!
Dr. Borba recently traveled to Rwanda with Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks and OLPC to help give XO laptops to kids in schools.
"Research shows that providing children with opportunities and experiences to feel the joy and impact of giving to others helps them grow into kind, empathetic and respectful adults," said Dr. Michele Borba, parenting expert. "As part of my work with Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks, I recently traveled to Rwanda and saw the incredible impact laptops have on kids in Africa. The smiles and excitement I saw on the children’s faces was amazing. They are so appreciative for the gifts that kids in the U.S. have given them. The 'Win & Give' campaign truly makes a difference and it’s so easy for kids in the U.S. to get involved."
So how can you get your kids involved? It's easy! Just look for specially-marked Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snack packages in stores. Each specially-marked package contains a code you can enter at WinOneGiveOne.com to see if your child has won an XO laptop. For every child that wins in the U.S., Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks, in partnership with OLPC, will donate a laptop to a child in Africa.
Here are some other ways you can incorporate giving into your family's everyday lives:
- Tap into kids’ passions. For instance, an animal lover may get excited about helping at a local animal shelter. Encourage children to become involved in causes they care about. Let them lead the charge and follow-up with support.
- When watching the news, take the time to explain hot button issues and how people have been affected by local disasters, like hurricanes or tornadoes. Kids are compassionate and may proactively want to help by donating clothes or writing letters to those affected. Especially when they know they can make a difference. Take that moment to mobilize compassion - “What can we do?” is a great question that empowers children to lead the way.
- Be on the lookout for local opportunities to help. There are often ways families can help through local food or clothes drives. Parents and kids should do the activity together so they can experience and witness the impact of giving as a family. Kids will see the joy their parents get from giving back and it will help them catch the spirit of giving.
- Leverage holidays to talk to kids about giving back. For example, talk about giving around the winter holidays or discuss the troops around 4th of July and Memorial Day. Don’t forget to put the talk into action. Become a home that encourages giving, the more active kids are in experiencing giving, the more likely they are to develop empathy.
- Find easy ways to help others around the world through opportunities such as helping to give laptops to kids in Africa through the Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks “Win & Give” campaign.
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Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I was not compensated in any way to write this post. A big Thank You to Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks for providing the giveaway prize!