Gifts That Keep On Giving

While thinking about giving this holiday season, my thoughts kept coming back to gifts that keep on giving.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in the Caribbean and here in the US, millions of people’s lives have been affected in untold ways.   They will need assistance to recover even the basic necessities of everyday existence.  The losses from this natural disaster are being called incalculable and efforts are underway to begin the return to any sense of normalcy that can be found.

In the spirit of giving, there are many charities that step in to help people put their lives back together.  Fueled by the selflessness of volunteers and donations from around the world, they work to help people restore their lives and communities one step at a time.

For the global citizen, the philanthropist and the volunteer on your list, donate in their honor or allow them to choose how they want to give.  Here are just a few organizations on the front lines providing lifesaving services to citizens affected by disaster, poverty and other events around the world.

1.  The Red Cross steps into crisis situations to provide shelter, blankets, meals, water and much more wherever the need exists.  Visit www.redcross.org to discover ways to give.

2.  Global Giving is a fantastic way to give a gift that keeps on giving.  It’s as easy as visiting www.globalgiving.org and choosing the option to give a gift card. The gift recipient returns to the site and can choose to provide support by initiative, country, topic, organization or sponsor.  Projects can be chosen by theme, percentage funded, country and even new projects added.  This is a fantastic and simple way to make a difference.

3.  World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.  They work in nearly 100 countries and serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

By visiting www.worldvision.org, your gift recipient can shop for unique gifts such as ducks and chickens to provide families with milk, cheese and protein rich eggs.  Contributions can be made to deep water well or clean water funds to provide safe and clean water to communities.  Your recipient might help buy lifesaving medicine and supplies to treat preventable illnesses where clinics might be inaccessible.  Very important work indeed.

This is a very short preview of the many charities providing critical services around the globe.  Visit www.charitynavigator.org to discover more in depth information.  Search by category and view hot topics to see how charities are responding to various disasters and issues worldwide.

Don’t miss Reindeer Dream’s 2008 Charity and Giving post.

Have A Happy and Safe 2012 Holiday Season!

Reindeer Dreams

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