This is a sponsored post on behalf of UHCCF in celebration of National Random Acts of Kindness Day! Regardless, all thoughts and opinions are solely mine.
Happy National Random Acts of Kindness Day
If you’re looking for that perfect book to help teach children about kindness, this one is for you! Released just in time for National Random Acts of Kindess Day, comes a great storybook that not only teaches kindness, but also donates proceeds from every copy sold to help with children’s medical expenses. “Oliver & Hope’s Good Deeds Day.”
Teaching children about kindness is one of the most important things we as parents and even teachers can do. For the most part, my oldest 3 who are all teenagers, are pretty humble and have huge hearts. I’ve watched them many times go out of their way just to make someone smile, or help someone in an unfortunate situation, and they would truly give the shirts off their back to a stranger if they needed it. My 6 year old daughter is a different story!
I take responsibility for her selfish tendencies, as well as her little understanding of what generosity is all about. Having been much younger than her siblings along with the fact that she’s the only girl, she was spoiled. We slacked early on when it came to teaching her about being appreciative or being thoughtful of others. I know it’s not too late to correct though since she’s still young and impressionable. Recently she got to witness for probably the first time, something bad happen to someone she knew. The family of a little girl in her class suffered a huge loss when their home burned completely to the ground. They lost everything but the clothes they crawled out of the house with. It was an real eye opening moment for her that really gave her some real understanding.
Without prompting her, she asked to go to the store and get something nice to take to her classmate. She even used her tooth fairy money! She said that she felt so bad for the little girl, and wanted to get her a toy or stuffed animal to make her feel better since she’d lost all of hers in the fire. Sometimes witnessing with their own little eyes the misfortune of others helps them to really get it! Now that she has learned to read, I’ve found that books are a great way to get some of these messages across to her. She loves to read, and one of the books I recently came across looks perfect for teaching children about kindness.
“Oliver & Hope’s Good Deeds Day” is the 4th book in the Oliver & Hope’s series that is written for children ages 3-8. It’s a beautifully illustrated and cleverly written storybook, in which the United Healthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) combined messages of kindness and generosity through adventures of two adorable characters. Oliver the loveable bear, and Hope the spirited butterfly are featured in inspiring stories spreading messages about the importance of friendship, compassion, and resiliency in a way that is easy for young children to understand. In the duo’s latest adventure, Oliver and Hope meet their friends to clean up the damage left by a big storm. But as soon as they begin, a mystery appears that eventually reveals true acts of kindness.
In recognition of National Random Acts of Kindness Day, UHCCF is making book donations at children’s hospitals, elementary schools and community-based organizations in cities across the country, including New York City, Minneapolis, Las Vegas, and several cities throughout California.
Every purchase of Oliver & Hope’s Good Deeds Day, and other books and toys from the collection, will fund grants offered by UHCCF. Want an easy way to help the UHCCF? All four books of the Mom’s Choice and Dr. Toy award-winning Oliver & Hope series are available at Amazon through uhccf.org/shop for $16.95 each (hardcover) and $5.99 (paperback).
A Little More About United Healthcare Children’s Foundation:
The United Healthcare Children’s Foundation is a well known charitable organization founded in 1999, that provides medical grants to help children gain access to health-related services not covered, or not fully covered, by their parents’ commercial health insurance plan. Families can receive up to $5,000 annually per child ($10,000 lifetime maximum per child), and do not need to have insurance through UnitedHealthcare to be eligible. Since 2007, UHCCF has awarded more than 13,000 grants valued at over $35 million to children and their families across the United States. UHCCF’s funding is provided by contributions from individuals, corporations and UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) employees. To apply for a grant, donate or learn more, please visit UHCCF.ORG
Since 2007, UHCCF has awarded over 13,000 grants valued at more than $35 million to children and their families across the US. In the past 4 years alone, Texas families received more than 700 grants totaling $2,000,000 for treatments to help pay for medical services and equipment including:
- Physical, occupational and speech therapy
- Counseling services
- And Hearing Aids
A Random Act of Kindness Idea:
You can help share the message of kindness by surprising your child’s teacher with a copy for her classroom, while donating to a great cause at the same time.
So many people are unaware of this amazing resource. You can easily help spread the word about child medical grants that are readily available by sharing through the social share buttons below.
How do you show random acts of kindness?