(Closed) Are you giving a donation this Christmas?

posted 8 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We don’t usually donate for the holidays but I do other times.  I really like donating to the Humane Society most times.  I also really like Heifer International, I just like the idea that I bought people chickens or a cow or something!

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

We do one every year.  Usually I give to international causes, but this year we’re going to support some local families through Feeding America.

Never has there been such strain on local food banks.  More American families have food insecurity than ever before.

http://feedingamerica.org/

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We do the Angel Tree- a program in our town where people choose a child and buy gifts for him/her. For the past couple of years we have done two instead of giving each other gifts. We don’t need anything. I’m sure your town has something similar, or you could always give a couple of toys at Toys for Tots or something like that.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We “adopt an angel” every year from our local NAMI organization.  We also drop off dog toys and blankets to the local animal shelter a couple days before Christmas.  We usually donate to local organizations over bigger charities just because we’re more involved with them.

I think your idea of donations as gifts for you and your Fi is a great idea!  I think every little bit helps, and the charities you choose will definitely appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity!

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We donate every year. This year the family bumped down their Secret Santa gifts and everyone donated $10 to do a Wish List for a kid. We have 20 people in on it. I would have rather donated $20, but everyone raised a fuss about it only being $10/pp. If i get to a Walmart, I make it a point to buy some stuff for the Toys for Tots basket on my way out. This year, personallly, I’m doing some pet charities and Homes for our Troops

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I would love to donate, im a very giving person, but after buying for my entire family (i have 5 brothers and sisters) i just cant scrape of enough.  id feel bad if i didnt give to my family first but i really wish to help those less fourtunate, especially since at one point i was homeless myself.

Post # 9
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

OMG I just noticed that the side ad on the page is for Heifer International!

Post # 10
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4466 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We did Adopt an Angel this year.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We adopted 3 angels this year and have given numerous times to the Salvation Army at most store fronts.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

We sponsor a wish for the Make-A-Wish Foundation every year – that is our big one.  We also give individually to American Heart Association, National MS Society and LLS.

DG – our office (architecture) participates in an event called CANstruction & all of the proceeds from the builds go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  It is such a neat event!!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My family always exchanges sheep and bunnies and the like with Heifer. Long standing tradition, I love it.

I also really try to give charitable gifts when doing those obligatory gifts. Instead of giving the boss/professor/FBIL’s girlfriend (you get my drift) a mug, I usually make a donation in their name or give them a gift certificate to Kiva, which does microlending.

I also make a conscious effort to choose gifts wisely. I often give fair trade items from SERRV or other programs like that. My brother is getting a pair of TOMS shoes, which are sustainable shoes and for every pair you buy, they give a pair of shoes to a child. I spend a lot of money for Christmas, so I try to make it mean something more.

This year FI and I are doing really well financially (very lucky), so we adopted a family in need and are providing their presents. I’ve been having fun shopping for baby clothes and jackets and toys and a car seat, etc.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I give a little something to several places, Massachusetts SPA, Heifer International, Shriner’s Hospitals.

But we still go gifts- just not breaking the bank, about $50 max for each other, and then our families have a $20 limit on gifts to keep things reasonable.

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