(StatePoint) If giving back to the community is important to you, don’t keep it to yourself. With kids settled into their new school routines, now is the perfect time to get the whole family involved in your charitable ventures.

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There’s tons of evidence to support the notion that the sooner a habit is formed, the harder it will be to break later in life, and this rule holds true for great habits as well as bad ones. With this principle in mind, get your children into the practice of doing good work for their community now. By doing so, you can make the practice of giving second nature.

Practice Simple Giving

“Life can get busy and we may have good intentions that get overlooked, so find a project that makes it easy for you to get involved,” says Mary Moore, the family lifestyle blogger of Raising Dick and Jane.

Moore recommends a program called the #FilltheCart campaign from Champions for Kids which encourages shoppers to fill their shopping carts with extra snacks, school supplies and personal care items beyond their own family’s needs and donate the surplus items to a local school or organization that helps kids in the community. The program is making it extra easy right now to donate by including bins at Walmart locations across the US.

In addition to your individual donations, Champions for Kids, Kraft, General Mills, Kettle Brand Chips, and Unilever will provide a total of $90,000 in monetary awards, to be divided among school districts and 501(c)(3) youth-based organizations, for those who collect the most donations.

“It’s easy to forget that our kids may be crossing paths at school with children whose parents struggle to put food on the table. It’s easy to forget but so important that we don’t,” says Crissy Page, CEO and founder of Dear Crissy, a family and lifestyle blog.

To learn more about how the program works and how to participate, visit championsforkids.org/simplegiving.

Make it Tangible

Take on a project you can physically touch or spend time on, so your family knows that it’s made a tangible difference.

“There’s a great deal of interest in superheroes these day,” says Stephanie Keeping, the blogger behind Spaceships and Laser Beams, an online resource for boys’ parties. “I think people want to be able to make a super difference in the world -- but -- we’re just human. So what if you can’t change the whole world? Change the world for one.”

Keeping recommends working at the local level to help your family, particularly young children, to see the effects of their efforts.

Whether it’s volunteering your time or your financial resources, there are plenty of ways to set a good example for your kids, and encourage them to become lifelong contributing citizens of their local and global communities.

Photo Credit: (c) Crissy Page