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I'm talking about alternative gifts. Giving a gift in your child's or friends name to benefit someone else. If you are able, why not sponsor a child as a family? The education your children get as they send small gifts and notes (and receive them) to a needy child overseas will help mold them into the young man or woman you want them to become. The benefits for your family are multi-faceted. As you and your child pray for his new friend, you will be teaching spiritual values that your child will carry with him forever. It's also educational- he can learn about his friends country, life, and people.
I realize that sponsorship is a commitment. A commitment that some people, for a variety of reasons can't make. But don't abandon alternative gifts altogether! There are smaller one time options available! For example, you can provide a hot meal every day for a month for an elderly person for a one time gift of $48! You could give the gift of self sufficiency by a starter pack of top quality seeds for a vegetable garden or even a pig! "Giving a pig means you're giving families and orphanages the opportunity to develop skills in animal husbandry; to gain an income by selling the piglets and to have essential food." You can make one time strategic gifts to provide a student with schools supplies, a new mother with needed supplies for giving birth and caring for a newborn. Visit the US shop and pick a project that meets your budget!
This is the perfect time to give to those in need and use this to teach children about the true meaning of Christmas. Lessons that will last long after the toys break and are long forgotten. Sit down now and explain what you want to do. Maybe they have ideas. Volunteer at a homeless shelter once a month. Visit a nursing home. Do something courageous and don't be satisfied with the same old Christmas routine.
― Ellen Goodman
This could be YOU this holiday season!
If you do shop online this holiday season, would you consider using my links to Amazon? I get a small percentage as a commission. I am setting this aside for a special project for my sponsored family in Moldova. I would like to meet some of their immediate needs and help them and they move toward self sufficiency and learn more about God's amazing love for them! Thanks! I look forward to sharing with you what great things are being done because you cared!