A big chunk of holiday tension comes from figuring out what gifts to give. Sure, there’s the run-of-the-mill sweater for mom, tie for dad, and gift certificate for Uncle Gerry (who is always difficult to shop for). But what do these gifts really say other than, I couldn’t think of anything else to get you?
Luckily there is a positive trend in gift giving that may be just the right cure for holiday-shopping anxiety. This holiday, give a gift with extra meaning. Provide clean drinking water for people around the world, help for disadvantaged kids — and much more. Besides the above giftcard, there are many ways you can give gifts to your friends and family while giving to those in need as well. Here are some examples:
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This holiday, give a gift with extra meaning. Provide clean drinking water for people around the world, help for disadvantaged kids — and much more. Besides the above giftcard, there are many ways you can give gifts to your friends and family while giving to those in need as well. Here are some examples:
Help For The Troops – Even when a service member finds out that he or she can take off for the holidays, sometimes the good news comes so last minute that it’s impossible to find a reasonably priced ticket during peak travel time. That’s when Let’s Bring ‘Em Home steps in.
Since 2001, the organization has been collecting donations in order to purchase tickets for servicemen and servicewoman so that they can spend the holidays with their families, no matter the ticket price. Last season, the organization booked 122 flights. It received more than $80,000 in donations and more than half a million frequent flyer miles.
Help For Cancer Patients – Did you know that there are many people who must travel great distances on a daily basis to receive treatment? Who pays for that? I just recently noticed the American Cancer Society’s TV campaign asking for text donations of $10 to raise money for hotel rooms to help traveling cancer patients. American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, which provides free housing in 31 locations throughout the U.S. We also (as humans) get caught up in the holiday activities forgetting that cancer doesn’t take a break for the holidays. People still need treatment. People can’t be home. Imagine the tears. Extended Stay America and Hope Lodge are especially important this time of year. They help ease some of that sadness and some of the financial stress. I will be home for the holidays this year, will you? Donate to American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge HERE.
The universal theme that circles around every December–regardless of one’s religion or spiritual practice–is to put others before yourself. And what better way to do that than to give gifts to the people you love that benefit the people you know need help? Charity gifts tug the heartstrings. You can’t always hold them, but you can feel them, which means they stand a chance of living in your memory longer.
To you and yours, have a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!!!