Reading their information, checking them out on charity navigator, contacting certain organizations for more information.... it gave me a purpose the first few days of December. A purpose to spread the love, share the wealth... give back.
Besides the ones I shared, I found a lot more organizations that provide life, hope or an opportunity for a better life.
Heifer International: To end hunger and poverty by giving families a hand-up with gifts of livestock and training. Check out their gift catalog here and change some ones life.
Compassion International: Through their gift catalog you can purchase medical supplies, pay school fees, provide clean water or so much more for someone in need.
The Heart of Haiti: a line of beautiful handcrafts produced by artisans from Haiti. Fairwinds Trading and BrandAid have teamed up with Macy's and the artisans receive half the whole sale price of every item in the collection.
Roma Boots: Sort of like TOMS, this is a one for one company that distributes boots to children living in poverty. Their moto is "Selling boots to the fortunate. Giving boots to the less fortunate."
The Salvation Army: Not only do they accept your old clothes and household items, they provide disaster and emergency relief to your community. They also provide you with the opportunity to give Christmas to others through their Angel Giving Tree.
Your church's Benevolence Fund. In latter days before their were social programs to help the less fortunate, the church was the place needy people went for food, money for bills and encouragement. Today, your church still has a benevolence fund and while their may be more social programs to help people, the church provides aid to many people. After the volunteering we did at our home church and talking to our missions director at our church here in Houston, it is clear that the church is still a sanctuary of help, and hope for people.
P.S. Not that this is why you should give but monetary donations to places like The Salvation Army, churches and Compassion International are tax deductible.
And this is just a sampling of all of the wonderful organizations that make shopping for Christmas a little less me-me-me and a little more about blessing others.
From what we get, we can make a living:
what we give, however, makes a life.