With Chanukah here and Christmas right around the corner, we are almost nearing the end of the holiday shopping and gift giving season. Many people have scaled back on purchases this year, while others are operating on the “buy now, PAY later” plan. When all is said and done, how many of those gifts will still be appreciated and hold meaning or value to the recipient? It’s hard to know, but for an idea, you might think back on what you received for holiday gifts last year. How many can you remember? How many do you actually use? Well, at least the thought behind the gift counts for something.
This year, if you would like to give a truly meaningful gift that keeps on giving, you might consider making a contribution to a charity organization in someone’s name. There are so many wonderful organizations out there doing incredible work. One of my favorites is Heifer International. You can donate money which will be used toward purchasing animals for someone in great need, who can then live off of the by-products (e.g. milk, or offspring) of the animal(s), and/or create a sustainable living with the by-products. Of course, there are many other organizations who are also doing great work in the world, and perhaps you know of some.
I would caution you to do a little bit of research to make sure that the organization to which you are donating has a good rating. You can visit CharityWatch.org to search the charities they have listed there and see what rating they have been given. Gift giving is a wonderful endeavor, but all the more so when you are helping someone who may be in dire need with no thought of receiving anything in return (though there is that added benefit of getting a tax deduction for it). And you can feel pretty confident that the gifts you give through a good charity will be something that is remembered and appreciated by the recipient for a very long time.
Wishing you and your family a truly blessed holiday.