But isn’t the spirit of the holidays to give to the needy and not solely receive fancy things for ourselves? How much are we truly helping others during the holiday season?
Over the years, I have discovered fanstastic ways to celebrate the holidays, but also keep our priorities straight. Here are some suggestions:
When a friend or family member asks you, “What do you want for Christmas this year?” you can ask them to donate $30 to your favorite cause or a family in need. One of the greatest organizations is Kiva.org. Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend to unique entrepreneurs around the globe. The minimum donation is only $25 – and the coolest thing is that the people you lend money to are required to pay your loan back. Once you are re-paid, you can either pocket the money or invest it again to another entrepreneur. What a great idea!
Also, one of my favorite organizations is Room To Read. Here is their mission: We partner with local communities throughout the developing world to provide quality educational opportunities by establishing libraries, creating local language children’s literature, constructing schools, and providing education to girls. We seek to intervene early in the lives of children in the belief that education empowers people to improve socioeconomic conditions for their families, communities, countries and future generations. Through the opportunities that only education can provide, we strive to break the cycle of poverty, one child at a time.
Before Christmas, we have our children go through their toys, games, books and clothes and fill up two large boxes to give away to low income families before new toys can be accepted. Get your children involved in giving!
Before you inundate your kids with a dozen toys from Santa or you beg your spouse for a fancy new gadget, ask yourself if you really really need it, and if that money might be better spent on someone who desperately needs it.