The last three years I have posted great ways that you could spend your Christmas money in wonderfully sweet ways, supporting vulnerable communities near and far. I've got a new list for Christmas 2016 that includes ideas from fair trade companies, give-back companies, and supporting missions.
Your dollar can be powerful. The average household spent $830 on Christmas gifts last year. If we all took a percentage of that chunk of money and purchased from places that make a difference in our world, imagine the good that could be done.
I am continuing my conviction to make my dollars count in a more meaningful way. I'm going to buy many of my Christmas gifts from companies who employ under-resourced workers, companies who cycle profits into vulnerable communities, retailers making a difference, local small businesses, and from families raising money for international adoptions.
Before you head off to the mall this Christmas, consider purchasing some of these gifts that will give back to communities that need our support.
Bonus sweetness: When you buy a present from Amazon (most of us will), use AmazonSmile. All you have to do is click a link to AmazonSmile before you shop, and a percentage of your purchase is donated to the charity you choose to support. Personally, I have been supporting our adoption agency AWAA who needs funds to continue caring for orphans in their transition home in Ethiopia. This is link to support AWAA through AmazonSmile. Use the link every time you shop at Amazon this holiday season.
2016 gift ideas:
2. Be a Nice Human Kids Tee, $17, unlockhope.com, supports Think Humanity, an organization that runs a hostel in Hoima, Uganda for young refugee girls from all across Africa, many of whom are orphaned.
HAPPY SHOPPING & MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Don't forget about AmazonSmile! Use it every time you shop at Amazon.
This is the link to support America World Adoption Agency.