Alternative Gift GivingPosted: December 11, 2008
A couple of years ago for Christmas Erik’s parents bought all of us kids each a rabbit for Christmas through Heifer International. They are an organization that provides animals, grains, trees, and farming education to poor families here in the States and abroad. Really cool organization. When you buy and animal (or other item) in someone’s name you print out a nice card with information on the animal and how it will help change a families life to give your recipient instead of yet another pair of socks of a sweater.
This year we’re doing something along those lines for my sisters Christmas gifts. I’ve been researching out different charitable ministries that I think if my sisters had the ability they would participate in. We will make a donation to said organizations and I will write my sisters each a letter telling them why that particular ministry made me think of them and their heart.
What about you? Are there any alternatives to the usual gift giving patters that you participate in? I’d love to hear about them!
Here are some different ministries you may not have heard of that do really amazing work in case you too are looking for some that remind you specifically of an individual. Enjoy!