Christmas. I call this an emotionally complex time of year. (& I am the mistress of understatement, hmmmm??) For sure, I have always been a big fan of generosity!
Some of us on the planet have a lot - probably rather a good deal more than we need. Most of the folks I know are definitely in this category.
So I encourage us all to be charitably generous. All year-round, preferably, & for sure right now, when "the spirit of Christmas" is upon us.
Here are some last-minute ideas for giving. You can give to any one of a zillion charities on behalf of someone for whom you might otherwise buy something they don't really need. People have sometimes done this for me, & I have always been super-grateful! To protect forests, rainforest, children in need, support Doctors without Borders. Etc.
- Fukushima Kids: more info at the post here. I donated to this group back in August, & encouraged others to do so too. Please join me! (18 minute YouTube here might help motivate you. Also, this documentary called 'The Next Wave.')
- Philippines Typhoon Relief: the post here provides 3 Web links for groups you can choose to donate to.
- Unicef - a group I have long, long had a soft spot for. ** (see below)
- Their Survival Gifts are a great idea!! Numerous, varied, modest & affordable even for those of us on very limited incomes.
I am only sorry I didn't post this sooner.
But good ideas are never too late, right??
p.s. I daresay that having been one of those kids who took a Unicef box around with me at Hallowe'en, collecting pennies for children less privileged than us (old school program for those of us born before Hector was a pup, as they say; never mind, my own kids did it too! & I was the Mom who ran the Hallowe'en program at their school & counted & rolled the pennies!), may very well have been my first experience at charitable giving! How cool is that, & I only realized this the day after posting this. Hurray for Unicef!!
p.p.s. I mentioned emotional complexity -- just checked & saw that I've posted 8 or 10 Christmas-related items over the years. If you go to the Index & scroll down to 'C', you'll find all those other posts. But don't just read stuff, DONATE to someone/a group who needs it. It will make you feel great!!!! Generosity is a lovely circular phenomenon, you see. (& btw too, all the world's problems will still be there after Dec. 25th. In spades. So don't worry about being "too late" with your donation!? It's never too late…).
'Quote of the day' remains: “I do not want to talk about what you understand about this world. I want to know what you will do about it. I do not want to know what you hope. I want to know what you will work for. I do not want your sympathy for the needs of humanity. I want your muscle.” ~ Robert Fulghum
A Few Relevant Quotations:
“It is one of the beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely help another without helping himself.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“In helping others we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.” – Flora Edwards
“A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.” – Henrik Ibsen
“You must locate your deepest private feelings – philosophical, religious, spiritual – and then decide to live out these beliefs in a commensurate way, in public, as much as possible without compromise.” – Marv Davidov, peace activist (quoted in Nukewatch Quarterly, Spring 2012 issue)