On your Christmas gift list do you have someone who always says, “I have everything I need?” Or someone who is striving to live simply and is downsizing? How do you express your love to such friends and relations with a gift if they don’t want a present?
Donate to a good cause in their honor. They will be happy you care about them and that the money you would normally spend on a material gift is helping others. You can always ask them what charities they support, of course, but you can also surprise them with a gift to one of these causes:
Episcopal Relief and Development helps people recover from war, disasters and displacement in the US and the world over. You can choose from a large variety of projects for your donation.
The Diocese of Southern Ohio’s Episcopal Community Ministries (ECM) is a major source of grants for local congregational ministries working to help our Ohio neighbors overcome challenges.
Charities that focus on the causes of nature, the environment and climate change can be found on Green Dreamer’s consolidation website.
A group of charities helping children in crisis includes UNICEF, which works to create “a world that upholds the rights of all children and helps every child thrive. UNICEF won’t stop until every child is healthy, educated, protected and respected.” And Save the Children, a highly respected independent charity that strives to support children find a better future.
And the main UN agency dealing with the situation in Gaza is UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, which is facing huge challenges in the wake of war’s displacement of the people of Gaza.