During the holiday season, too often do we overlook those who are the most in need. We focus on satisfying the wants of our loved ones because those are the people in our lives. The reason for the season is to give. To give a gift to someone you do not know and will probably never meet is an incredible act.
Here are 16 ways to make a difference in the lives of others for less than you will spend on a single gift to your loved ones:
For $1: booksforafrica.org will ship two books to a classroom in Africa. In many of the schools there, 20 children have to share a single textbook.
For $2: littlekidsrock.org will give a set of drumsticks to a low-income public school student who wants to learn the drums.
For $3: createnow.org will send a high-risk youth on a field trip to a concert, museum, or theatrical production.
For $4: cellphonesforsoldiers.com will give 2 hours of prepaid calling time to soldiers stationed overseas so they can call home.
For $5: foodforthepoor.org will give a family in need a single-burner kerosene stove that they can use for cooking instead of an open fire.
For $6: doctorswithoutborders.org will be able to vaccinate 15 children against measles in a developing country.
For $7: aspca.org can provide a week’s worth of food for an abandoned cat or dog in a shelter.
For $8: stjude.org can give a child a medical teaching doll, used to teach them about his or her illness and cancer treatment
For $10: homesforourtroops.org will provide a box of nails used in adapting a disabled veteran’s home in order to provide better accessibility.
For $10: janegoodall.org/oprah will provide a day’s worth of fresh vegetables and fruit for two chimpanzees at the Jane Goodall Institute’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo.
For $10: operationsmile.org will provide two specialized bottles for babies born with a cleft palate. Without these bottles, a baby with a cleft palate could suffer from malnutrition before getting corrective surgery.
For $10: globalgiving.org provides materials and tools that will enable afghan women to become self-sufficient through taking a 6-month tailoring course from Creating Hope International and Afghan Institute for Learning.
For $11: arborday.org will plant 11 trees in Alabama communities that were destroyed in the April 2011 tornadoes.
For $12: oxfamamericaunwrapped.com will provide 20 pounds of multipurpose soap in order to keep families around the world germ-free.
For $14: mowaa.org will provide 2 nutritious meals to housebound senior citizens, delivered by Meals on Wheels volunteers.
For $15: cradlestocrayons.org a homeless or low-income urban child will be given school supplies and a backpack.