Post # 1
So the other day my SO and I were talking about Christmas. Every year we go back and forth over whether or not we want to give each other gifts. Usually we are like…eh I don’t care or no. So this year we are thinking maybe we should do a donation. Like I pick one and he picks one and we donate to the other’s a set amount. We are poor poor poor right now (I’m a student and he’s relatively new out of school and doesn’t make much) so it won’t be much, but still. Even a little counts right?
Do you do this (either in addition to gifts or alone)? Do you have a favorite cause? Do you prefer to donate locally, nationally, internationally, or have no real preference?
Post # 3
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
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.
Post # 5
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
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
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
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
OMG I just noticed that the side ad on the page is for Heifer International!
Post # 10
We did Adopt an Angel this year.
Post # 11
MissAB: I hadn’t heard of Heifer International so I just googled it. How cool! I like the idea that you help someone and then the offspring of the animals are given to help others as well.
Post # 12
We adopted 3 angels this year and have given numerous times to the Salvation Army at most store fronts.
Post # 13
DG: I am considering giving to my local crisis center, which among other things runs a food bank. They have a list of the top needed items so I was thinking maybe donating like that or just doing a straight money donation. IDK.
I like everyone’s causes! Its sort of hard to pick because so many things are worthy.
Post # 14
- 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
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
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.