In the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, there was a designated chamber (called lishkat chasha-in, “the chamber of the discrete ones”) where people could deposit money earmarked for the poor. Those who had fallen on hard times were able to come there and receive sustenance in a respectable manner. In recent centuries, that tradition lives on in the Tzedakah boxes (pushkes in Yiddish) that grace Jewish homes everywhere.
Educating kids about Tzedakah can also help them understand that what they do matters and that, in small ways, they can make a difference in this world.
Here in Australia, we encourage you to participate in the act of giving tzedakah with your family by supporting our Tzedakah Campaign, and supporting Magen David Adom in Israel.