Haven’t we all tried to teach our kids to learn the joy of giving at Christmas? And then when you actually see them living that out…well, it’s another one of those seed sprouts coming through!
A few Christmases ago, my then-younger teen got her hands on a very unique giving catalog. It probably came in the mail and I’d tossed it aside as junk.
It was a booklet put out by a relief organization called World Vision and it listed page after page of “gifts” you could give a family or a person in a developing country.
$32 buys clothes and supplies for a child to go to school.
$75 buys a goat for a family to provide milk.
$40 buys a fishing kit to help a family catch food.
$25 buys two chickens that will provide eggs for a family.
And the list goes on.
My daughter decided to give her grandparents one of those presents. Although I knew they didn’t really need anything and could go out and buy whatever they wanted because they were pretty well off, I wasn’t sure what they’d think of getting a card that says, “In your name, a gift of two chickens was given to a family in Rwanda.”
When my gruff father-in-law opened the card and saw what it was, he didn’t say a whole lot, but later on, he brought it up. “That gift that Holli gave us was a really great idea.”
And she’s been doing it ever since.
In fact, so have I. There’s just some people on my gift-giving list who don’t need anything. You know people like that. Or maybe they can afford to buy whatever they want and every year you struggle to find them a gift.
Here’s a chance to give them something that helps someone in need and at the same time it makes your gift recipient feel like they’ve done something good.
This Christmas, let’s think outside our brightly wrapped boxes.