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who will you be donating to at Christmas?

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Now that I’ve debunked any anti-charity sentiments that you might have held, who are you planning to donate to this Christmas? So far, I’ve decided to do a couple of things.

Firstly I’m going to give a couple of things to the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal. They are looking for gifts for children under the age of 17 and for the elderly. I’m planning on choosing something appropriate for a teenage boy, as people don’t commonly buy for them, and also for a small baby, as baby toys are easy to pick out.

Secondly, I’m going to be making a donation to Shelter. I may not consider myself to be a Christian, and I am certainly aware that the celebration predates the Nativity, but it seems appropriate to give to a homelessness charity at Christmas when you consider that the story tells of a couple who had nowhere to stay for the birth of their first child. Two thousand years ago that may have been acceptable, but it certainly isn’t now.

I’m sure that you’re all more warm and generous than I am, so tell me about your Christmas charity plans and ideas.

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7 comments for “who will you be donating to at Christmas?”

  1. Probably World Vision’s animal/gift program. It lets you help fund sewing machines to help women start their own businesses or llamas for farmers, etc. Water purification systems for villages that don’t have any…it’s good stuff.

    Posted by Mrs. Micah | December 5, 2007, 12:45 pm
  2. We give money throughout the year to a couple of charities that help immigrants/refugees settle via direct debit. Xmas is more about the big international charities, espcially those we determine have a focus on Bangladesh (where my husband was born). My folks are huge on the donate-a-goat-to-a-family charities, even more so since they saw a documentary following the goats to wherever their end destination is, so we do that for them for an Xmas present too. There’s no wrong answer to this, really.

    Posted by guinness416 | December 5, 2007, 2:05 pm
  3. Oh, and welcome back.

    Posted by guinness416 | December 5, 2007, 2:06 pm
  4. I usually do most of my charitable giving in October, but I always buy a couple bags of food for the local food pantry and a couple bags of dog food for the animal shelter at this time of the year. I usually make a note in my file as well to do the same in mid summer when folks are not as likely to think about donating food, a little christmas in July….

    Hope you had a good time in DC. I used to live there and had a great time when I did.

    Posted by bouncing betty | December 5, 2007, 3:09 pm
  5. I’ve been debating how best to use the money I’ve set aside for charity. I used to pick a child to buy gifts for, either from the Salvation Army or a program at my school. It was always great fun to buy clothes, books, and toys I would’ve loved at that age, but the money might be better spent helping people who truly have almost nothing. I’m thinking either Doctors Without Borders or Heifer International right now, but I’ll do a bit more research first.

    Posted by E.C. | December 6, 2007, 11:17 pm

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