With Black Friday on the horizon, a lot of folks have shopping on the brain, and this seemed like the perfect time to talk about an alternative to all of that consumption: charitable giving.
I don’t know about you guys, but we have so much…stuff. I mean, seriously. We’ve got so much stuff that we don’t always have a good place for it. It’s displayed on shelves, stashed in drawers, stuffed into closets, and shoved under beds. Do we really need more stuff this holiday season? I’m all for giving someone that perfect holiday gift – that thing you know they’ve been wanting all year but won’t treat themselves to – but so often, making a holiday gift list feels more like coming up with something to give for the sake of giving.
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Back when my husband and I first got married, my mother-in-law started giving me a charitable gift in my stocking every year: she donates a bee colony through Heifer International. I look forward to that bee colony every year – it feels good knowing that instead of another tea towel or cookbook, part of my holiday haul is going to help people who really need it.
You can do this as a person’s sole gift or just as part of their holiday presents, but donating to a charity in someone’s name feels like it’s much more in the spirit of the holidays than hitting the mall for mass-produced products that clutter our homes and eventually fill our landfills.
When I started working on the list that’s on the next page, it was going to be 15 ways to give back. Then it became 22 ways. Wait, no…30 ways. There are so many organizations that need our support so they can help make this world a better place that all told I came up with a list of 35, and really it could have gone on and on. If there’s an organization you care about that you don’t see listed, feel free to leave it as a comment!
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35 Charitable Organizations
This list includes a lot of charities that are very close to my heart. I wish I could afford to give to every single one of them this season! Remember, if you don’t see your favorite charity listed, you can leave it in the comments – let’s spread some love this holiday season!
Just like when you’re shopping, you want to keep your recipient in mind when you’re choosing a charity as a holiday gift. Is your giftee an animal lover? A foodie? What cause would be close to his or her heart?
1. Your local food bank. Feeding America has a searchable database to help you find a food pantry in your area.
15. Child’s Play
20. Earth Justice
Do you give charitable gifts over the holidays? Leave a comment telling us your favorite organizations to support!