Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Christmas Idea

It's not too early!! It's never the wrong time to think of people with far less than us. Here's a link to a catalogue of Christmas gifts of a type that make gift-giving something to feel truly good about, gifts that enrich lives, gifts that could even save a life. Think about it.

8 Comments:

Blogger chosha said...

Good idea. I think I'll try to work some of those into my list.

11/01/2005 07:11:00 PM  
Anonymous MIM said...

I LOVE these types of gifts!

11/01/2005 10:25:00 PM  
Blogger LoryKC said...

Wonderful post, Mary P. I have a link to World Vision (US) on my site but what a great idea to remind people as they start pondering what to shop for...
I hope to find little cards under my tree telling me people have been supporting these efforts. I have enough bath beads. ; )

11/02/2005 10:30:00 AM  
Blogger Granny said...

If no one else has mentioned it, there's Heifer Int'l as well. Here's the link:

http://www.heifer.org/

My church supports them and as far as I know, they do a good job.

Love your blog. Come visit me on Granny sometime.

11/02/2005 11:38:00 AM  
Blogger ieatcrayonz said...

Absolutely. This is the true meaning of Christmas, not the commercial Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! crap we're fed every year.

11/02/2005 11:38:00 AM  
Blogger Granny said...

Mary, I just publicized you on Granny even though most of my readers drifted over from Blogging Baby and will probably find you there.

I recognize MIM - she and I are old BB friends - but I don't know the rest of your commenters. I'd like to so this is an open invitation to all. I'm a 67 year old woman living in central CA and raising three great-granddaughters.

You're my second Canadian online correspondent. I grew up close to the New York/Ontario border but transplanted to CA many years ago. I love what I've seen of Ontario (mostly the run between Buffalo and Detroit).

Don't know why heifer.org didn't turn into a link but it's a sort URL and shouldn't be too hard to type in.

Best from Ann @ rocrebelgranny.blogspot.com or
isamericaburning.blogspot.com

One's about family, the other is political. You can probably figure out which is which.

11/02/2005 12:23:00 PM  
Blogger Granny said...

"short" URL - I really need to cut my nails TODAY.

11/02/2005 12:24:00 PM  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Chosa: The first year I saw this catalogue, I was delighted with it. I'd never seen anything like it, and it reflects so well my attitude towards Christmas and giving. We have so much here, and even a small gift can make a huge difference elsewhere.

Mim: Me, too. I've always had foster kids. For years we had three, matched in age and gender with my own. The kids wrote to "their" foster child, sent small gifts. It's a way of creating global awareness and a sense of how lucky we are over here! At the moment, we have only one foster child.

Granny: Hello, and welcome! I checked out that link. It's great, too. Same idea, nice presentation. So now people have a couple of options. Thank you.

Crayonz: I couldn't agree more! It can be so difficult, particularly when your children get older and their peers are influencing them, to resist the "gimme, gimme" thing. This catalogue (and the one granny cites) is one way to put the children's demands in perspective: Look guys. Here are children who live with so little that a couple of rabbits can make the difference between eating every day, and not.

(Do you find that now you've got a child you get all teary every time you see a suffering child on television? I sure do!!)

11/02/2005 01:53:00 PM  

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