This year we tried something new! I've wanted my kids to be as little more aware of what goes on in the world around them. I have a goal for them to realize they are not the center of the universe! :-) Taking an idea from The Christmas Jar, we created a Humanitarian Aid Jar. Since January 1st, all loose change we find around the house has gone into this jar. Then, at the beginning of September we counted out the money and created kits to donate to the Small Things Gathering event our church holds each year. It's amazing how much money you can find around the house (mostly in the laundry!). We were able to provide 4 hygiene kits, 3 baby kits, 5 pairs of flip flops, 5 t-shirts, a sweatshirt, 2 receiving blankets, 1 baby sleeper, 4 different sizes of medical gauze, some little girl hair ribbons, & 2 ace bandages. It was great to see my kids so involved! I think we just might have come up with a new family tradition!