Monday, November 28, 2005

Gifts that GIVE this Christmas

There are so many choices on what to do with your money this holiday season. No matter how little or how much, we are all apt to give something of what we have, whether it be strictly to our own families and friends or to someone we know could use the help. In effort to encourage both I have put together some ideas on how, no matter who you are, you can make a difference this Christmas.

1. Give the gift of donating to their favorite organization(s).

2. Adopt a family that you may already know (neighbors, friends, co-workers, single moms and dads) that wont be having an "excessive Christmas" and buy them gifts. Involve your kids, friends and spouses. Get everyone involved.

3. Purchase a bracelet from Visible Children and help a child in Africa feel noticed/thought about and remembered during their daily struggle to avoid being kidnapped/recruited by militia groups. These bracelets are hand crafted and bear on them the name of a child suffering from the daily routine of fleeing their villages in attempt to avoid militia confrontation and exile.

4. Help children and families around the world receive training and animal gifts that help them become self-reliant through the help of the Heifer project. Choose from many gift animals and learn how your gift will provide families with resources they need.

5. Get involved with Angel Tree and buy a $25 or less gift for a youth with at least one parent in prison this holiday season.

6. Pack a shoebox for Samaritan's Purse and give the gift of Christmas to children all around the world.

7. Donate to a missions organization or to someone you know will be going on a missions trip soon. (Shameless plug: In the instance that you cant think of anyone else, Nathan, my mom and I will be going to Africa next August).

8. Donate sewing supplies and/or material to a blanket ministry that provides warmth to families recovering from abuse and struggling with poverty in the US. Contact Donna Elcock for more details.

9. Commit to sponsoring a child through Compassion International or World Vision.

10. Go to the hospitals, hospices, retirement homes, shelters, etc and serve where needed. You could just visit with people that are lonely, sing carols with people, help serve food, clean bathrooms, whatever.

My prayer is that this year we will seek ways to give gifts of meaning and learn the art of spending less but giving more! Happy Holidays!

1 comment:

Roxann said...

Bethany, Great ideas....thanks!
Visible Children bracelets will be purchased for my girls.

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