Wow! Did I ever discover a satisfying last-minute gift giving idea. One of my facebook friends, Cindy Jackson Knull, posted this link to the New York Times : Gifts of Hope. It lists several smaller (as opposed to the “biggies” you always hear about) nonprofits with varying angles of charitable giving.
I have people on my list whom I just know will enjoy the fact that gifts have been made in their honor and, especially, in areas about which they are impassioned. (And I KNOW they’ll enjoy it more than a trinket I might pick for them…).
Check these out. Myself, I am passionate about women’s issues, especially education. I was pleased to donate to several of these organizations that promote education of women in Afghanistan and prenatal care in Somalia.
For the teacher on my list, I found the “First Book” program that distributes books to poor children in the United States.
For my nurse friend, there is Nurse-Family Partnership which sends nurses to work with first-time impoverished mothers here in the states—working to break the cycle of poverty and poor health.
Jesus said “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40.
As I pushed the “donate” buttons each time, I got a little glow that maybe I might be giving Him a birthday gift He can enjoy….I mean, what are we celebrating at Christmas, after all?
Why don’t you consider sharing that warmth I got from these giving opportunities! Love to you all, C
PS - In my early-morning-writing fog, I forgot to add Cindy's blog link. Go there--amazing photographs and writing!