Monday, December 21, 2009

Holiday Cheer

Recently, a friend asked me what gift he should give someone he rarely speaks to and isn't actually fond of. I couldn't help but think "why bother with a gift at all, then?". He should rather turn the holidays into an opportunity to improve the relationship, and even better, help someone in the world who needs it. So, this season, if you are in a financial position to do so, I encourage you to make a gesture of reconciliation to someone in your life, and then seal it with a donation to a charity!

Here are some of my favorite charities, if you don't have one in mind:

• World Vision
Sponsor a child!

• The Girl Effect
Girls can change the world!

• Amnesty International
Protect Human Rights!

• For All Women
Helping one woman helps her entire community

• The Animal Rescue Site
Compassion for all of God's creatures

• Leukemia Research Foundation
Support Leukemia research!

• Bone Marrow Registry
Save someone's life. Now, that's a gift!

I've decided that it's more important for me to celebrate the holidays this year through genuine demonstrations of love, rather than materialistic and sometimes empty exchanges of "gifts". So, I've asked my close friends and family to (gulp) forego gifts for me and to instead make a charitable donation. More than any gift that I may receive (despite my unfettered joy in receiving), I love the idea that some precious person in the world will receive much needed support, aid, attention, and yes, maybe, a gift instead.

I'm in the midst of preparing my annual holiday newsletter, so keep your eyes open for that!

Happy Holidays! And may every blessing imaginable be yours!

1 comment:

Vicki Hudson said...

Nice idea. Someone taught me a long time ago that if you always give even when you have little, you will always be taken care of with what you need. I've found that to be very true.