Parents Teaching Kids About Giving To Hurricane Victims

By: Kristen Cosby
By: Kristen Cosby

September 1, 2005
After kindergarten is over, Duncan Hagens-Swart gets to work for the Red Cross.

“So I can make the Red Cross rich,” Duncan said.

Little ones are also helping mom and dad give money to Hurricane Katrina’s victims.

“Can you put the money in the bucket for mommy?” Jennifer Brodie said.

And while two-year-old Ansley Brodie doesn’t understand what she’s donating to, mom Jennifer is using this tragedy to talk with Ashley’s older brother about giving.

“We let them watch some of the news that’s appropriate for their age and they want to give some of their money too, whether it’s earning money working in the yard for dad or whatever,” Jennifer Brodie said.

And the vivid images of Hurricane Katrina’s destruction are opening the eyes of little ones to disaster.

“She’s seen it on TV, so she knows,” said Bobbie Creech, grandmother of 2-year-old Isabella.

“I gave some money,” said Logan Owen.

Three-year-old Logan’s dad talked to her about who her money helps.

“The people in Louisiana,” Logan said.

These kids are helping other kids, like the Dyers from Diamond Head, Mississippi. Katrina left their family without power, so they came to stay with family in Aiken.

“We were glad to get here last night so we could bathe. It’s been three days,” Bill Dyer.


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