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What can kids teach us about generosity?

We asked some of our younger TEAR friends for their thoughts on generosity. Partly filmed by the kids themselves, you’ll love their honest, beautiful and wise responses on why God invites us to live with a generous heart and how we can respond.

Want to chat with kids about generosity in the lead up to Christmas?

Get inspired with our fun and engaging resource. Great for families or kids church leaders. Download now.



What does the word generous mean? 

To help people and be nice. - William, 5

To share, and if a person’s really rich and one person’s really poor, the rich person could give some money to the poor person so it kind of evens out. - Charlie, 8

Sharing so things are even in the world. - Harper, 9

Being generous to others. - Rosie, 9

Giving stuff to people, like poorer people, or giving stuff and thinking about others. - Isaac, 11

Why do you think we should we be generous with those around the world who don't have enough?

Because sharing is caring. - Priya, 4 (Priya also said that she wants to buy the gift of Local Health from our Useful Gifts Catalogue).

Cos then they might not have enough food and die. - Benjamin, 8

Because I think we should have enough money for all of us, and I think we should just flatten the world out so no-one’s too poor and no-one’s too rich. - Archie, 10

So then the world is treated equally, and for those that are poor, they don’t have to go around begging and so they can also have a house and have everything they need, like food supplies. - Harvey, 12

Priya, 4 says: sharing is caring.
Priya, 4 says "sharing is caring".

Why does God want us to be generous?

He wants everyone to be generous because the world would be a really good place and everyone would like to live here. Everyone should be treated equally and have the same amount of everything. - Charlie, 8.

It’s good to be generous, and that’s partly what we were made for. - Rosie, 9

I think he would want us to be generous to make him happy, so he’s not sad. And so others are not sad either. - Harper, 9

It was mentioned in the bible and God would want the world to be even. So if we just care a bit more, then we can achieve that goal. - Harvey 12


Sharing the message of God's generosity at Christmas

If you'd like to engage the kids in your life with the message of God's generosity at Christmas time, a great way to do this is through TEAR's Useful Gifts Catalogue. Buy a gift as a family, share with friends or your church, and have fantastic conversations about how your gift is making a difference for people living in poverty. 

The Build a Village gift range within Useful Gifts is a great one for children - you’ll receive a little reminder of your donation – a small building for you to make at home, church or school (and a postcard). You can decorate them, set them up and share them with friends and family.

Want to chat with kids about generosity in the lead up to Christmas?

Get inspired with our fun and engaging resource. Great for families or kids church leaders. Download now.

What can kids teach us about generosity?

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