I got an email last week from Erika at Redefine Christmas asking me to pass along the word of their site which is helping people rethink gift giving towards charitable giving. Beth Kanter has been covering this for weeks, but hey, let’s pass it along. I gave gifts of donations to my family and, still unbeknownst to you dear readers, to you as well. I just haven’t’ finished the card yet, so keep yer eyes peeled! (I tend to fall behind on those things.) I haven’t checked out all the sites that Redefine Christmas offers, but just FYI, I gave through Network for Good for the most part, with a few directly via a charity’s website. Plus a few more old fashioned checks mailed to micro-local groups.
Redefining Christmas is a simple idea to make our holiday gift giving more meaningful and more charitable. Instead of the wasteful gifts we sometimes give, consider giving your friends and loved ones donations to their favorite charities. And ask that they do the same for you.
Give others donations to their favorite charities.
links to purchase and send charity gift certificates to anyone on your list. Recipients can choose to redeem them with any of thousands of charities)
Oh and for what it is worth, this could be redefine any sort of holiday giving. But please, let’s keep the chocolate and cookies in the plan.