Come on, now, don’t get on my case for posting about Christmas NOW. I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but Thanksgiving kind of inspired these three ideas for Christmas gifts, so it’s okay!
Every year, I sit down with my husband and our Christmas list and try to figure out what to buy for our family and friends. The one thing we say over and over is, “It’s hard to buy for someone who already has everything.”
Isn’t that the truth?! I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty dang spoiled! And most people I know are, too! But I’ve come across three ideas over the past few years that are definitely keepers. (And they’re something you want to get going NOW, so it’s not last-minute!)
When I first discovered this, I thought it was the coolest thing EVER. This organization lets you give anything from a goat to a camel and so much more to help end poverty! With Heifer International, you can give the full animal, or a share of an animal, to communities around the world in desperate need of animals. You can also give the gift of sustainable farming, women’s empowerment or basic needs – they even have an entire online gift catalog you can view!
2. World Vision
Jerrod and I actually sponsor a child through World Vision on a monthly basis, and we’ve been thrilled with everything we’ve learned about the organization. Besides giving folks a chance to sponsor a child, World Vision also offers a few animals for giving to those in need, but what grabbed my attention this year was their option to give hope to sexually exploited girls, purchase medicine for sick babies or fund a small business loan. I mean, WOW. What a meaningful contribution in the name of your business-owner family member – the chance for someone in need to start their own business! (And these are not the kind of small-business loans we as Americans would go trying to obtain. These are very reasonable amounts that could easily be gifted!)
Do you think about where water comes from when you turn on the tap? Yeah, me neither. But in Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year walking for water. WOAH. But with Charity Water, almost 9,500 projects have been funded already, and you can help! Can you imagine the first time a child is able to turn on the tap and clean water flows out? Gives me chills! And even better: 100% of your donations will go to helping get water to those in need.
These are three projects that are close to my heart, and I hope you remember them too, the next time you think, “It’s hard to buy for someone who has everything.” Because you really can buy for someone who has everything, simply by helping them give everything to someone else.
And I’m not suggesting that you only look at the three above organizations. There are SO many who need help in this world we live in, and in the season of giving, why not really GIVE?
We have less than a week until Thanksgiving, and I’m thinking of so many wonderful things I’m thankful for. This Christmas season, find a way to share and give with those in need in mind. And teach those around you to do the same. You’ll have the best celebration ever…I promise!