Giving Back – Holiday Gift Ideas

Giving Back – Holiday Gift Ideas

If you are like my husband and I, you are looking for ways to give something to those less fortunate this holiday season. While a gift of time is ideal and doesn’t cost anything (except time), sometimes we would like to do a little more. Following are our favorite charitable organizations that help those in need around the world:

Heifer International

For as little as $20 you can donate a flock of ducks or geese or for $30 you can donate a hive of honey bees. Your gift provides training and a means of self sufficiency. And it is a gift that keeps on giving. Heifer encourages recipients to share the offspring of their gifts with others in need.

Kiva connects people through micro-lending to alleviate poverty. You can make micro-loans to entrepreneurs anywhere in the world.

Habitat For Humanity

Habitat seeks to eliminate homelessness and poverty throughout the world by providing simple, decent and safe housing.

These are 3 organizations we have chosen. There are many, many organizations that would be grateful for your donation of time, money or materials. Even your cast-offs can mean a child will have a warm winter coat instead of shivering in a threadbare sweatshirt. Donate where you can and what you can.

If you have some other ideas for charitable giving, please feel free to post them in the comments below.

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