Top Ten Ways to Give this Holiday Season

I know you are still finishing off the last of the candy corn, but the holiday season is here! For some, the holidays mean family gatherings, presents, and lots of yummy treats. While we love all of those things, too, in the Happy Brown House, the holiday season also means GIVING!

This year our family wants to be intentional about giving and making a big impact. We’ve been praying and planning about what and where God wants us to give. I thought I’d share some ideas on our list to help get you thinking, too…

1. Sponsor a child through Compassion International!

2. Pack a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child! Collection Week is November 15-22

3. Donate to The Mercy House Kenya or purchase a Christmas gift from their Etsy shop! (Have I mentioned how much I love my necklace? I do. I plan outfits around it…Seriously.)

4. Give Water! Take your pick….Blood:Water Mission, Living Water International, Charity:Water

5. Pick a local family to bless! (Ask a church or school to help you connect with a needy family)

6. Volunteer to serve a meal at your local homeless shelter.

7. Pick a name from the “Angel Tree”. Have your children help choose the name and gifts!

8. Volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House! Can you imagine how hard it must be to have a sick child during the holidays? Go love on these families!

9. Visit a shut-in. Give them the gift of conversation or offer to help them with a household project.

10. Give a copy of your favorite book to a classroom.

11. Fill in the blank: ________ I’m sure you’ve got ideas, too. Share them with me in the comments!

How are you planning to give?

Comments

  1. These are excellent ideas. We already sponsor 2 Compassion kids, but we’re planning on doing No. 2 on the list. I also like 4, 9, and 10. I enjoyed this post. Thank you for helping us think about ways to give instead of take, take, take this season.

  2. Almost forgot! I’m baking and sending goodies to wounded troops. I am going through operationbakinggals.

  3. These are really great ideas, Sara. 🙂

  4. You know I love this post! I just love focusing on GIVING. And I love seeing so many bloggers doing the same! 🙂

  5. What a great bunch of tips! Thanks for sharing!!

  6. Have you seen the Water for Africa fundraiser happening at Whatever?
    http://megduerksen.typepad.com/whatever/2010/11/calling-all-crafters.html
    I love everything about this one 🙂

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