Kindness Café Blog

Giving Back- Helping Others

So many good reasons to help so many good causes!!

Why are the reasons important?
Why should we help others?
Why should our children help others?
Why are we teaching our children these lessons?

Welcome to the “Kindness Cafe” Grab your coffee or tea and let’s talk about Giving.


  • Uncertain Times
    These days, it doesn’t seem to matter if you have a child entering Kindergarten or one starting college. We are all unsure of whether to buy a backpack for school or to just fill a laundry basket with books and carry them to the kitchen. We all want the best for our children. Yet, every day news reports change and make it more difficult to make decisions with certainty. There are so many worries. We want our children to keep up with the academics, the sports, the arts and of course the […]
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    Fishing for Ideas
    Summertime brings with it so many anticipated pleasures. Warm, sunny days, swimming pools, beach time, ice cream treats, just to name a few….. Family road trips offer that chance to have some relaxed time together. In some cases, even trying new activities. I just shared a few days in western PA with my family and it was a nice change of pace. We did find time to relax and enjoy some outdoor activities together. As our children get older it gets harder to find activities that we can all […]
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    Have You Helped Someone Today?
    As the school year wraps up for students, moms and dads are relieved to have survived the quarantine and the dreaded Distance Learning experience. This was a tough time to learn all of their lessons on the computer. This past weekend I watched my daughter’s outdoor, socially-distanced dance recital. I found myself amazed by the choreography that was put together over zoom sessions. It does make me realize that given some dedication and effort our children can learn in difficult […]
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    When life gives you lemons…
    One of our most anticipated events of the year at The Giving Tree is our Helping Hands day of service. This year it was faithfully planned for Saturday, March 14. Yet, we couldn’t anticipate that would be the beginning of the end of the normal that we all knew. To say we were disappointed is an understatement. We got calls from parents, educators, and volunteers saying how sad they were that the annual event was not going to be held. That’s when the lightbulb went off and thought why don’t we […]
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    We called it our ride to nowhere…
    It was the onset of the stay-at-home orders set forth by Governor Wolf and I found myself on a Monday afternoon in need of running an errand— going to the bank. My middle school-aged daughter jumped at the chance to join me and to escape from our house, even for a short ride. As we left the bank drive-through, she anxiously asked where else can we go. I told her we should be good citizens and do as the governor ordered and not make any unnecessary trips. She begrudgingly agreed with me. But, […]