Last week was Cyber Monday, followed by Giving Tuesday. I had the best of intentions and had planned to blog about Giving Tuesday and the different charities that we appreciate and support. And then life happened. I cannot even give you many specifics about my week. I can only tell you highlights (or lowlights). Our youngest son moved out (yay! and waaaaa!). I successfully mailed packages (hey, the lines at USPS can be ridiculous). We survived sub-zero temps and frozen water faucets and icy roads. And then our well pump quit working. As of this moment, we have no water, the temps are still frigid, the faucet for the trough is still frozen, and our son is still gone. Sigh.
Why did I tell you all of this? Maybe to vent a bit. Maybe to have a pity party moment. But maybe because God wanted me to get around to writing this blog, to share how your little bits (or generous portions) of Christmas giving can help impact others’ lives around the planet!
So here we go! All of these non-profits are reputable, held accountable by others, and excellent stewards of their resources (to my knowledge).
Gospel For Asia
They focus primarily on the small villages and unreached areas of Asia, and they are unique in that 100% – you read that correctly – 100% of the money you give goes to help people. The administrative costs are covered by separate donors and volunteers. Here is a link to their online Christmas gift catalog. They have a wide range of gifts offered: chickens for $11 per pair, goats for $140 per pair, mosquito nets for $10, blankets for $12, musical instruments for $27 (a drum and tambourine), Bibles at $3 each or 200 Gospel Tracts for $1 (almost everyone can scrounge up a buck!), a BioSand water filter for $30 (clean WATER for a family!!), or a Jesus Well (clean WATER for an entire village!!) for $1,000 (I know, pricey, but some people are able to give this, while others have a fundraiser or money drive with their organization or church).
We have sponsored kiddos with them for many, many years and love their heart for the “least of these”, their families, and their communities. They also have worked hard to get desperately needed AIDS testing and medicines to those affected. Here is a link to their online gift catalog. How about paying for a child’s dental care at $20 (wow, a bargain!), or HIV/AIDS Testing and Treatment for $50, an emergency shelter for $50, textbooks for $40 (an investment in someone’s education), a newborn care package for $34 (a baby shower gift!), a Christmas gift for mom and baby for $20, or treatment and protection from parasites for $4+ ?
This ministry is headquartered in Bellingham, Washington, and focuses primarily on providing care and education for kiddos, while equipping the young people to be healthy leaders of good character in their communities. Here is a link to their online gift catalog. They offer children’s Bibles for $10, Christian Character Development for $60, a mattress for $40, a blanket for $15, shoes for $25, glasses for $50, a backpack for $20, or sports equipment (a volleyball or soccer ball) for $15.
Headed by Billy Graham’s son Franklin, this ministry oversees the beloved (at least by our family!) Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection and delivery. Filling a shoebox with toys and candies, school supplies and books, hygiene items and toiletries is a highlight of my Holiday season. Although the national collection week is behind us, you can still build a box online for $30. They also have an online Christmas gift catalog, featuring items such as: baby chicks for $14, a soccer ball for $8, milk for $4, repair a cleft lip for $150 (or share the cost for $15), fruit trees for $45, help a poor farmer for $55, help prevent human trafficking and exploitation for $100, or $2,200 (or share the cost for $22) for a Children’s Heart project surgery.
There are many other non-profits out there. Check out your local ministries for the homeless in your community. Ours are collecting gift cards, bus passes, socks, gloves, blankets, and more. Even if you only have a few dollars to spare, there are many ways you can use that money to make a difference!
As always, please note the links on the side of my blog’s home page. Child sponsorship is a wonderful way to make a difference in someone’s life. 🙂 We highly recommend it!
Happy shopping! 🙂
” ‘And the King will answer and say to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” ‘ ” ~ Matthew 25:40
“If you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday.” ~ Isaiah 58:10