Who is this ‘they’? Well, it seems as if (around here anyway) it’s EVERYONE who has EVERYTHING.
Christmas is coming along fast; less than five weeks away now.
Gift buying frenzy has begun. Or has it?
How can one have a ‘gift buying frenzy’ when the biggest worry is what to buy for that person “who has EVERYTHING”?
And, most people I ask about this problem agree:
They, themselves, “have everything”.
Their children “have everything”,
their grandchildren “have everything” – and in gross abundance, it appears!
What an astounding dilemma!
At the risk of seeming like a Goody-Two-Shoes and perhaps a little on the pious side – even maybe a bit Scrooge-ish, may I suggest some of these alternatives?
Sure, still give the kids a small, but meaningful gift – and some chocolates or lollies.
And please give them all a book,
But, consider this:
There’s an organisation called
and this is what they say about themselves:
“We are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.”
Look up Kiva on-line and find out how it works. Maybe someone you know would appreciate you giving a loan on their behalf? Then, there’s Oxfam….where you can buy a Goat….not for you, but for someone who would really benefit from owning a goat. Oxfam tells us: “Fact: goats make people smile. And not just when a person unwraps their gift. Goats also make people living in poverty smile. When a goat is presented to a person living in Mozambique, they know that it can breed to create more goats, provide manure for growing food and can even be sold to pay for school fees or tools.
Plenty to smile about.”
Or……….How about World Vision, who offer lots of choices, including:
Chickens & eggs for as little as $10, you can give a family a chicken………. World Vision, Australia tells us: “Chickens and eggs help provide children and families with a lasting source of protein and income”.
What your gift supports……….
“These gifts help families grow crops and breed livestock. This gives families reliable and lasting sources of food and income.”
There are LOTS of other charities and organisations who can help you to be HELpFUL.
So many ways to help people in the world – people who DON’T “have everything”
Think about it.