How to Put the Giving Back into Christmas

The Shoebox Project volunteers collect shoeboxes for women in vulnerable situations in Campbell River. The volunteers deliver them to agencies around town including the North Island Transition Society.

As we all know, Christmas is the  season of giving, and the eternal cycle of giving and receiving gifts continues, making it even harder to select a suitable gift, and if you are dreading the up and coming months as we lead into Christmas, here is a wonderful idea that will make everyone happy.

Charity Christmas Gifts

The concept is simple, donate the money you would have spent on a gift to someone, and that person would receive a special Christmas card from you, stating that you have donated a specific amount to the project that is outlined in the card. This means that you and your chosen recipient are actively helping the local community, and that gives you both a special bond. There are gifts for men and women, and with a range of categories, including animals and community development, one can find a project close to the heart.

Making a Personal Connection

While it is a good thing to donate to any registered charity, we very often have no idea exactly what our money was used for, and without that knowledge, the donation loses some of its appeal. If you visit one of the online registered charities, they will have details of all the projects they are involved in, and with a range of values, starting at only 10 dollars, there is something to suit everyone’s budget.

It’s the Thought That Counts

This saying has been with us for many years, and is often used in connection with an unwanted gift that someone might have received, but when you think about it, the thought of helping a total stranger who is in need counts for a lot more. Christmas is the perfect time to think about the unfortunate people in this world, and by donating with the right charity, you can be sure that your donation will make a difference.

Spreading Goodwill

Often, when a person decides to donate money in this unique way, it is the start of a chain reaction, as the recipient will no doubt tell his or her friends, and suddenly, many people are involved and this means more help where it is needed. Your family might be happy to hear about such a novel way to give a Christmas gift and if they all inform their friends, many people will receive a wonderful Christmas gift in third world countries where life is difficult at the best of times.

If you would like to send someone a Christmas donation gift, an online search will soon put you in touch with the right charity, and the entire process can easily be completed online, just remember to compose your personal message to your chosen recipient, and the rest is easy. Shortly before Christmas, your friend will receive the card, and will be very happy that you decided to do such a charitable thing, and also they will be happy that you included them.


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