One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is find an angel from the Angel Tree at the mall and spend a little money to give a child what they asked for during the holidays. My VP said he loves to buy coats for children and he always puts a $20 bill in the pocket of the coat so the child can find the money one day. How great is that idea?! I know I love finding my own $1 in a coat so I can't imagine how exciting $20 would be to someone who doesn't have it!
In honor of giving this season, I found some links to non-profits that you may want to check out this holiday season.
World Vision - Provides a better world for children in third world countries. You can select gifts you want to donate such as animals for food or milk (e.g. a goat), education, health and medicines, clean water, etc.
Heifer International - You can choose a gift of training or animals that will help children and families from around the world become more self-reliant.
Trees for Troops - This program works with tree growers around the country to provide military families and troops serving overseas with Christmas trees for the holidays. Just because they are away from home should not mean that our troops can't enjoy some holiday spirit.
Cards that Give - This holiday season, consider helping others when you buy your Christmas cards to send to friends. Cards that Give makes it easy to select cards from different charities.