The Gift of Giving
During the holiday season, many of us take time to reflect on the ways we are fortunate. Perhaps you think of the people that bring you happiness, or maybe you consider the simple privileges you enjoy day-to-day. Regardless of what you’re thankful for, it’s the perfect time of year to show your appreciation.
Amidst these feelings of gratitude and the festivities of the season, it’s only natural that our thoughts go out to the less fortunate. All over the planet there are people who are suffering; animals in need; causes that require help. For those of us who have a little bit extra, a holiday donation can make a thoughtful gift.
Besides the intrinsic value of doing good, there are many reasons why the gift of giving is a great choice. Not only is any donation to a registered charity applicable for charitable tax credits, but the personal payback is vast.
Nothing is quite as rewarding as knowing you’ve made a difference in the world, and furthermore, by gifting these donations to friends and family you enable and inspire them to get involved too.
During the holidays many charitable and non-profit organizations offer creative ways of making donating fun and memorable.
For example, at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) store you can purchase symbolic adoption kits for a number of endangered animals. With the Kit you receive an adorable wildlife plush toy, a personalized adoption certificate, a reusable gift bag of your choice, a species poster and an information pamphlet that explains how your gift is helping to make a difference.
Similarly, Oxfam’s Unwrapped program makes donating fun by allowing you to choose the specific item you want to give to a community.
For example, if you have an environmentalist on your list, you can make a donation in their name to go towards the purchase of solar panels or a vegetable garden. This personal touch is a nice way of aligning the individual interests of your recipient with Oxfam’s cause.
There are literally thousands of charitable options to choose from, so take a little time and find the cause that speaks to you or your loved ones. Do your part to make the world a better place this holiday season!