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Holiday Giving

December 16, 2009

I want to take a minute to plug a few awesome charities. Whether you’re looking for a last-minute gift idea for the person that has everything, or you’re trying to get in a year-end donation for 2009, these charities are pretty great.

  • Children’s Shelter of Cebu: This ministry provides medical care, housing, and education to orphaned children in the Philippines with the ultimate goal of placing them with a permanent family. It would be impossible to pass along the love we have for CSC through my blog. Let me just say that the impact of this small organization is global… and eternal.
  • Heifer International: Oh-s0 cool. Give a family a hive of bees, a llama, or a flock of geese to help them become self-reliant. For almost 60 years, Heifer has been “helping people obtain a sustainable source of food and income.” With a goat or heifer, it becomes possible for children to attend school, families to build homes or start a business, and best of all, support their own community through their new-found resources.
  • Berean Missional Church Cookbook: This small church here on the east side of St. Paul is reaching into the lives of youth through discipleship programs and an alternative school for high schoolers, Harvest Academy. Berean’s cookbook is available for $21.95. That’s a small investment with big returns.
  • Donors Choose: This website links you to the classroom needs of teachers across the country. Buy a printer for a classroom in St. Paul. Donate to a low-income school in desperate need of better instruments and sports equipment. Teachers post their needs, and donors help meet them.
  • Global Giving: Another site that lets you choose how to help. Pick a country. Or pick a project type. Then narrow your search until you find just the right gift. You can give a pig to a family in Haiti. Or help provide books and literacy education to girls in Guatemala. Or feed malnourished kids in Kenya. Or give a village clean water. Each project offers you three (or more) giving levels and gives you tons of info about the project. Also great because you can see how much they have raised and how much is left to raise for each project. Oh, I just love this site.

Any organizations you’d like to add to the list?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. JessicainFlorida permalink
    December 16, 2009 4:49 pm

    I’d love to recommend these:

    Shared Hope International is working to eradicate human sex trafficking and assist those who are coming out of sexual slavery.

    ABBA Fund provides financial assistance to families who feel the call to adopt.

    Compassion International serves children in abject poverty, providing for their physical needs in order to show them that Christ has met their ultimate need.

  2. December 17, 2009 2:15 pm

    Thanks for the list! Jason and I are looking for a couple of places to give a portion of our tithe to and it has been difficult finding just the right place. I like to make sure all charities are on the up-and-up, and sometimes the obvious ones are the ones who get all of the help. It’s great to have some new ideas that aren’t as well-known.

  3. Greg permalink
    December 18, 2009 12:29 am

    Oh thank you for the giving tip’s. I am very blessed, and learning alot this year.
    OK I might have trouble packing bee-hives- or pig’s, but a cook book- OH YEAH- I can say we would all benefit here from that ,PLUS THE PROCEDES ARE A BLESSINGS TO SO MANY.
    God Bless,
    Greg——-p.s. HI ! MS. AINSLEY

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