With the holiday season upon us, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle. Between holiday parties and gift shopping, we often forget those in our communities and around the world who may be left without gifts or life necessities such as clean water this holiday season and in the new year. In December 2005 (the latest available census Canada data), Canadians spent $36.8 billion on shopping in the month of December, or $845 per average consumer (http://www42.statcan.ca/smr08/2006/smr08_069_2006-eng.htm).
As we often rush to the mall to find the perfect gift, we rarely expand our creativity beyond things we can wrap. Though not as flashy as a traditional gift basket, a goat can provide a family and their community with a source of nourishment and income. More beautiful than a bouquet of flowers are the yearly blossoms and fruit of a mango tree. As we fill out glasses with festive drink, we must remember those who cannot afford to fill theirs with clean water. These are just a few of the gift ideas made available through Plan Canada to help those in need.
During this holiday season, and festive occasions throughout the year, think outside the gift box and purchase gifts at the store that never goes out of style: charity
Here are a few organizations with charitable gift ideas:
give thoughtfully, receive thankfully