We noticed this very cool non-profit that teaches kids how to understand compassion for folks less fortunate. A column about Birthday searches explains it a bit better.
Smiling Kids, a young charity that provides birthday presents to local children and teens in need, have created a grassroots project designed to teach children the value of charitable giving. Parents of three young children came up with the idea after they realized how many gifts their kids are likely to give and receive over the years.
Here's the concept: In lieu of gifts for the birthday child, party guests are encouraged to bring a donation, and through their non-profit Smiling Kids, they are able to provide birthday presents for children who otherwise might have none.