Thursday, December 2, 2010

In Giving one Receives

Why not consider some alternative gift giving this holiday season? It could be a socially responsible way to balance the more traditional consumer gifts, and inspire younger family members to think beyond themselves.

Here are several links with gift catalogues from charitable organizations: 'Be the change'- goat $70; camel $150; outfit a classroom $150; plant an acre of rice $29; educate an AIDS orphan $100...

- 'What gift do you give to someone who has it all? Here's a chance to help someone who doesn't' that change lives.

-World Gifts that make a difference...(We sponsor a child from Zimbabwe through this organization.) (Click on your country and go directly to the gift catalogue.)

- Ten Thousand Villages: 'To create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term fair trading relationships.'

Of course, there are numerous other organizations which offer opportunities to provide hope to the less fortunate.

Giving opens the way for receiving.