Natural disasters like Typhoon Haiyan or Hurricane Sandy have resulted in one of the largest relief and volunteer efforts ever seen. Out of tragedy, parents can demonstrate to their children the importance of giving back and instill a lifelong love of service. Here are 10 steps to help educate kids of the benefits of giving back. 1. Take your kids with you when you go to volunteer. While there are exceptions, volunteer organizations are generally thrilled to welcome kids – no matter what their age – when parents come to volunteer. It could be anything from passing out food and water (younger kids) to building homes (older kids); instilling the importance of volunteerism at a young age will set the stage for them to pay it forward in the future. 2. Sit down and talk to your kids about why you give to certain charities. Most of us who give to charity break out the checkbook, put it in an envelope and send it off and feel like we’ve done our part. But it’s just as easy to have your kids sit down around the kitchen table and tell them about the organizations you’re giving to and why. It will help teach kids about the importance of giving. 3. Have your child do more than the “required” community service in High School. When schools require community service, it can seem like another chore to children. But when you have your teenager choose his or her own charity, it empowers them to make a decision about how he or she can best help and will better ensure future participation. 4. Teach kids how to tithe. When kids hit the age where they’ll be rewarded for good behavior with an allowance, encourage them to put 10 percent away to hold for a charity they get to choose. 5. When you give at the collection box, tell your kids why. Kids often think that you’re simply giving to the organization and officiant of whatever religious ceremony you have attended. Take the time to explain the kind of support your religious institution provides to those in need. 6. Encourage your kids to utilize social media to spread the word. Our (older) kids spend a huge amount of time on social media to begin with, and thanks to those sites, organizing support around a cause or issue is easier than ever. Working with your kids on this issue will both enable them to use their on-line time in a positive way, and help break down the walls that exist in the on-line world between parent and child. 7. Help your child to launch a Web Site on the issue. With advent of the Internet, the most local of organizations can turn into a global network. Point out some examples of those endevours to your children and encourage them to attempt the same. 8. Help your child organize a bake sale. An oldie, but a goody, this can be seen as building-block No. 1 in showing your child how they, too, can raise dollars for a charity of his or her choice. 9. Encourage children to donate one of their own gifts to charity. Whether it’s a birthday or other gifting holiday, a great way to give back is to encourage your child to re-gift a present. By helping your child give away a gift that he or she just received, it instills the belief the giving and receiving can and should be done simultaneously. 10. When cleaning out your cupboards and closets, encourage your child to help and do the same. For the youngsters, have them watch and help you collect extra clothes and food and take them with you when you deliver to the Salvation Army, Nearly New Shop, etc…For the older ones, have them package up their own too-small clothing, old video games and other discarded goods and take a family trip to charity of choice.