One thing I teach my children is that doing a good deed shouldn't be done for getting a pat on the back, recognition, or 'making your mark'. It should just *feel good* inside and make the recipients happy about someone's generosity.
~I grew up very poor, so besides donating used clothing I also donate brand new clothing & toys. It feels so good to were brand new clothes instead of stains, faded, or out of shape.
~donate money to 2 charities that we feel strongly about
~send thank you cards for good customer service
~if waiter is good we always tell the manager how pleased we were
~sponsor a family (anonymously) for Christmas
~annual xmas party our guests bring toys for kids to donate
~help elderly put groceries in car
~volunteer with sons cub scout pack
~we have a rather poor acquaintance & we have bought her 2 girls clothing, school supplies, pay for fun activities, my husband repairs her car for free & usually buys the parts too
~volunteer at church, homeless shelters for men, woman, & children
~my heart goes to single young moms (cause i was one), so i will babysit for free for them to work, have helped furnish an apartment, bought groceris, picked them up & brought them home to work everyday for 6 months
~let my sister & 2 kids live with us rent free for 2 1/2yrs so she could go to school & get a career instead of just a job
Where we live they ask that children under 7 don't volunteer, so as of right now we are limited on our volunteering efforts. When my kids get a bit older we will be volunteering as a family on a regular basis so it becomes a part of their life, that way they won't feel like they need recognition for all their charitable efforts.