Tomorrow is December 1st and I need to get going on my Christmas shopping. This year numerous brochures have appeared in the mail suggesting socially responsible gifts that help people truly in need. Goats for $100, or two hens and a rooster for $55 for instance.
Agencies who are offering this type of program include World Vision, Plan Canada, and Oxfam. On each of their web sites you’ll find a large selection of practical and life-changing gifts which they will deliver to many countries around the globe.
Last year my brother-in-law and his wife asked that no one give them gifts but instead donate to one of three charities that they had researched. This year I’m asking that the family visit these web sites and choose a useful item rather than give me a new something. The benefits of school supplies, stocking a clinic, fruit trees or restoring a child soldier will create many happy people rather than one – me – receiving a traditional North American gift. And hey – no one will need to find a parking space at the mall!