The Gift of Giving

October 22, 2008 at 5:35 pm 1 comment

Our living room functions as our playroom and is riddled with toys that are often played with when they are brand new but then untouched once they have worn their welcome. Our pile seems to exponentially grow, especially during the holiday season as relatives and friends spoil the kids with gifts.

I know it’s hard to think that far ahead but there is only two more months before Christmas. If you are like me, every year I struggle to find gifts for those I love and end up being in crowded malls, walking aimlessly, trying to find a meaningful gift.

Perhaps this year you may want to consider giving a gift that literally “will keep on giving”. Consider a charitable organization to donate to on behalf of the recipient. CanadaHelps is a public charitable foundation that provides a portal to over 80,000 charities that you can donate to. The range is vast and includes charities involved in all facets of life. There are animal shelters, religious organizations, soup kitchens, and environment and health causes just to name a few. There are international charities as well as those that are close to home. There is a cause out there for everyone.

In the past, I have hosted and been invited to parties where the host has asked for no gifts. In lieu, they have asked that a donation be made to such organizations as World Vision, to help purchase a goat or chickens for a family trying to support themselves or make a contribution to organizations such as Friends for Kibooba, an organization where 100% of the donations are given to an African village to help them become sustainable and self sufficient. I have also been a recipient of a donation that was made on my behalf to provide someone the gift of sight.

So this year, before you go too crazy at the malls, consider getting your loved ones a gift that will help others. Besides, you don’t have to feel guilty about any carbon foot printed, non-environmentally friendly product that you may consider buying.  As well, since these donations can be made on-line you could even be a procrastinator and still get all your holiday shopping done. Finally, you get to feel good about making a positive contribution to our world.

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  • 1. Zenia  |  October 23, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Just wanted to say thank you for mentioning CanadaHelps in your blog. Not sure if you’re aware, but the idea of hosting a party and asking for donations instead of gifts is an idea that CanadaHelps can definitely help with! Our Giving Pages are a peer-to-peer fundraising tool that allows individuals to do just that … just thought your readers might be interested.

    Thanks again,

    Zenia

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