Giving gifts that give back

Editor:

Are you looking for gift ideas for the person who has everything… or too much?

Editor:

Are you looking for gift ideas for the person who has everything… or too much? I encourage you to support our local businesses, charities, those truly in need and be creative in gift giving for Christmas.

Most of us truly are blessed and have more material things than we need. There are many, however, who aren’t as fortunate.

The Salvation Army, in partnership with Sources, endeavour to bring a joyful Christmas to those in need. Sources provides food and the Salvation Army provides toys, clothing, gift cards and other gifts.

There are families, single people, and senior citizens in need of our assistance, not only at Christmas, but all year round. Both groups help these fellow citizens, all year round.

How can we help them?

If you have an office gathering, a community group, school or neighbourhood party, you can ask people to donate a gift, food item or gift certificate. Consider a circle of friends who all knit or sew. Make a homemade item to donate.

Your family can also adopt a family, if that’s what you choose.

Another thought is to do a random act of kindness. This is a heart-warming example of giving that your children will remember. Have them participate in this endeavor by creating something themselves, like baking cookies or making a card.

I took my granddaughters shopping last week and they each chose a gift to give to a less fortunate child. It was wonderful to take advantage of this opportunity to teach sacrifice and thoughtfulness.

I would be happy if my family gave me a loving card and told me they had donated a gift on my behalf to a charity in our community.

Here are some other ideas for Christmas giving. How about a gift certificate from one of our area businesses? There are wonderful local owner/managed restaurants, stores, service providers – all offering gift certificates. Want something more personal? How about crafts made by fellow residents?

If you want to purchase gifts, give the gift of time. What a great opportunity to build relationships. My adult sons like to give me a homemade card with an offer for a dinner and movie night or a gift card for a massage. My granddaughters always make a little gift for me.

I look forward to these much more than mass-produced items.

Another idea, which is lots of fun, is to create a coupon book of favours like free babysitting, trip to the airport, breakfast in bed…

For your children or grandchildren, consider gifting an educational item

The season is about caring about people. Support small businesses, local charities and bring a new level of caring to our community.

Our local businesses help many charity and school events, and they deserve to be supported. When we care about fellow Canadians, the benefits will come back in ways we cannot even imagine.

Myra Merkal, White Rock

 

 

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