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Don’t Shop. Support Causes.

November 19, 2017 Leave a comment

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My favorite gift last year was from my mom who donated to Heifer International in my name. It was the best gift ever, so please consider giving the gift of caring. Don’t shop. Support causes.

On the news, a woman said she was going to spend much more money this year on gifts than any other, and I wondered if any causes would benefit from her generosity. Would there be children who could count on food on their table and a roof over their heads? Would their parents have an opportunity to provide for their family?

Last year, my family gave gifts from Heifer International, and it made my day to know that families would have a hand up in the new year with thoughtful gifts that help others.

You can buy gifts to give to your family members like jewelry, accessories, clothes, etc. that benefit others, and you can send cards that announce a gift donated in honor of your family member.

Here’s some organizations to check out:

GreaterGood.com 

Greater Good is an umbrella organization that assists with fighting Hunger, Breast Cancer, Animals, Veterans, Autism, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Literacy, and the Rainforest. You can choose to support the site in general or support a particular cause by clinking on your preference.

Heifer International

“Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.”

One.org

“ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organization of more than eight million people around the world taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.”

You can make an impact by changing lives for the better. Please consider giving gifts that help others this season.

You may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There’s another day you might want to know about: Giving Tuesday. The idea is pretty straightforward. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, shoppers take a break from their gift-buying and donate what they can to charity. – Bill Gates

 

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The Ultimate Sacrifice & Hope

This Memorial Day, I honor all of our fallen heroes for their ultimate sacrifice and hope for peace in our world.

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On Memorial Day, I don’t want to only remember the combatants. There were also those who came out of the trenches as writers and poets, who started preaching peace, men and women who have made this world a kinder place to live. -Eric Burdon

 

 

 

 

 

Give the Gift that Gives

December 28, 2016 Leave a comment

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I had a lovely holiday and hope all my friends and family were able to spend time with family and friends during this holiday season (in person, over the phone or with holiday cards).

In this season of giving, I have to share one of my gifts because I hope it becomes a family tradition for us and for many others: giving gifts through Heifer International. My mom gave me a “Flock of Hope,” a flock of ducks, a flock of chicks and bees.

Please consider starting this gift-giving tradition for the holidays and throughout the year.

Happy Holidays, Happy New Year and Peace to you and yours.

A Flock of Hope donation is a remarkable gift that can lift a family from hunger and poverty and ensure their future. –Heifer International Catalog

Thank You for Your Service, Veterans

November 11, 2016 Leave a comment

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To all those who have served and are serving, their families and their friends; thank you for your service and sacrifice. May you find strength, happiness and peace on this Veterans Day and in the years to come.

In Honor of Our Fallen Soldiers on Memorial Day

May 25, 2015 3 comments

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery

Please take a moment on this Memorial Day to remember the soldiers who have given their lives to defend our country.

The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. – Douglas MacArthur

#GivingTuesday Offers Charitable Gift-Giving Opportunities

November 23, 2014 2 comments

 

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If you’re at a loss to find thoughtful gifts for family and friends, you can make a difference in communities that need assistance while putting a smile on a loved one’s face. This holiday season, please consider purchasing gifts that positively impact local businesses, artisans, and non-profit organizations, and share this post to inspire others to give gifts that make a difference. Thank you.

For a list of #GivingTuesday sites, please check out 21 Ways to Give Back Through Your Holiday Shopping by Julia Claire Campbell. In addition, you can access lists from my prior blog posts: Tis the Season and Make a Difference When Gift Giving, Give a Goat.

“We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

#GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Together, with a team of influencers and founding partners, we launched a global movement that has engaged over 10,000 organizations worldwide.” – #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Tuesday, December 2, 2014

 

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Make a Difference When Gift Giving, Give a Goat

December 11, 2013 1 comment

ground_bag_03If you’re like many of us, you’re not sure what gifts to pick up for friends and family. Why not give a gift that will be sure to please the recipient and make life better for others? It’s easier than you think. The best way to help your local community is to buy local and buy products made in the USA. Another way to invest for the greater good is to purchase products from nonprofits. Either of these choices will make a positive impact in our communities and are sure to make your family and friends appreciate your thoughtfulness.

If you’d like to raise some eyebrows while making a difference, give a goat, a share of a goat or another animal through Heifer International. It doesn’t stop there. You can make this a family tradition, and get a different animal each year to celebrate the holidays or to remember and honor a loved one.

You can shop gift stores online at the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, Bread for Life, Best Friends Animal Society, Do Good Buy Us, Handcrafting Justice, Human Rights Campaign, NPR, National Wildlife Federation, PBS Sierra Club and St. Judes are just a few of the fine nonprofit gift shops to choose from, and all of their respective links are available here: Online Gift Stores That Benefit Nonprofits

Lastly, my thanks to ABC News for compiling an updated list of American-made products. To check out products made in the USA, click here: Made in America 2013: Gift Ideas

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ― Mother Teresa

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