Monday, November 29, 2010

Charitable options this Christmas

A facebook post from a friend directed me to this blog about Christie, who truly feels called to help others, specifically a village in Africa. She has suggestions about how you can help, too, so check it out. I'll be keeping Christie and her ministry in my heart and mind this Christmas. Won't you as well?

More interested in helping a secular group? Check out One, which doesn't actually require a donation (although they'll take that too!), just making your voice heard in unison with people across the country and around the world. Another option is Matt Damon's project,, which is dedicated to finding ways to provide safe drinking water to everyone. Kiva is an interesting option; you provide microloans to small start-up businesses in developing nations which can improve the lives of whole families.

My favorite, though, is Heifer Project International. It's similar to Kiva in that it provides a family with a way to start a sustainable business, but Heifer provides families with a way to change the life of not just a family, but an entire community. Heifer gives families in developing nations livestock that can provide continuing food and income sources. For instance, if a family is given a flock of chickens, they can use some of the eggs for food but sell the rest. Then when their flock has grown in size, they pay it forward by helping other families in the community by giving them a small flock of chickens. How cool is that?



    I especially like her idea to go to the local nursing home. Reminds me of your nursing home stories.

    We have given to the Heifer Project through church, not sure if they are doing the Heifer donation boxes again this year.

    I really like the idea of Kiva. Thanks for sharing these!

  2. It's always a good idea to visit nursing home folks - so many of them are neglected by their families - but Christmas is actually the worst time of year to go. EVERYONE goes at Christmas. Nursing homes have more visitors in the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas than they do the rest of the year combined. Try a different time, like Valentine's Day, Easter or just a random day.