Most parents would agree it is important to teach the importance of sharing and sacrifice to their children. Most parents would also agree it is important to foster a love of reading and books. Why not combine the two? You and your children can host an event that gets books into the hands of kids who might not have any. Luckily, there is an organization that has figured out a great way to make this happen. Milk + Bookies was founded in 2004 by Meredith Alexander, a mother of two from Los Angeles. Its goal is to promote literacy and service learning through the hosting of book donation events. These events can be held at a local bookstore, be part of a birthday party or become a class project at school. Basically, kids donate new hardcover picture books, inscribe their name and a brief message on a special bookplate on the inner cover, and receive an 'I donated' sticker and the satisfaction of helping a less fortunate child embrace the joys of reading.
Hosting a Milk + Bookies event could be an alternative to a traditional birthday party and they have kits to help get you started and plenty of resources and materials to ensure a successful event. The birthday party kit costs $30 or, if you'd like to print out the materials yourself, you can have a download password emailed to you.
Check out this wonderful short video that explains the whole process quite beautifully: