One thing we like to do with our kids each Christmas is focus on doing things for others as well. We always choose an angel tag from the angel tree at church, and buy a present for a Child in need.
Looking for something to involve your children in? Something to take their gaze off their holiday wishlists and toy catalogs?? Something to help them not be so “ME” focused…and to consider others in need?
Well, here are 2 opportunities where you can have your children look through gift catalogs and choose gifts that will be sent to children in need living in other countries.
You can visit Compassion's Gift Catalog and choose things like Chickens, Mosquito nets, Soccer Ball, Baking Supplies and so many more (all those under $20) and many other options at different prices too!
There is also Samaritan’s Purse Gift Catalog, that we have purchased from in the past. (if you click on an item name it will open a box with the description and price)
And there is an interactive catalog where you can see everything, and the kids love looking through this and seeing the people who will receive the items. It also allows for great conversation on why people in other countries need chickens, blankets, or milk.
And if you have a hard to buy for person on your List—you know the people who have everything-- Consider getting them a “gift” in their honor. You can can request a gift card to send to them letting them know that a gift was purchased in their honor. I think this is a great idea--- instead of purchasing meaningless gifts that nobody needs anyways.
So, while you are busy checking off your Christmas list, and making trips to the post office…Consider helping others through one of these great organizations.
“Blessed is he who is kind to the needy”