I don’t know how many of you have already started or finished your gift lists but I’m nearly done! I have a few things to pick up for my sister and her husband, but that’s it. You know though, the giving season quickly becomes busy and hectic and sometimes we forget why we celebrate Christmas. But planning in advance to keep your heart in the holidays makes it stay in the forefront. Here are some ideas to help you to do that:
* Organize a family giving night and have your kids select charitable gifts from an organization such as the World Vision Gift Catalog. Talk with your children about how giving back changes lives of children and families living in poverty and their effort truly make a difference.
* Host a house party for friends and family and ask your guests to contribute to a share of a group gift such as a farm animal, winter clothing or school supplies to families in need, or even a water well. Make the selection of the item, how to raise funds for the that gift, and the collection of the money a collaborative, group effort.
* After Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday shopping, consider celebrating Giving Tuesday (12/3) and make meaningful, life-changing gift purchases such as medicine, mosquito nets or a fish pond.
* Be active in your giving — volunteer at your local homeless shelter or senior living center; cook a meal or bake cookies for an elderly family member or neighbor.
The World Vision Gift Catalog offers more than 250 items that help fight poverty and save lives here in the U.S. and around the world. With a financial contribution, donors can select one of the 30+ Handcrafted Gifts that can be shared with a loved one and at the same time help a person in need.
This Hand-woven Headband is beautiful. It’s 100% cotton woven by skilled workers of Mayan descendants in Lake Atilian in Guatemala and helps address urgent needs of children, families or communities that might otherwise go unmet.
So head over to the World Vision Catalog and help where it’s needed most…AND get a gift for yourself or someone you care about!
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