Monday, December 23, 2013

Gifts with reach

Lately I've been thinking a lot about those who have no home, no job, no food, perhaps even no family—all the less advantaged here in our country and globally.

There are so many ways of sharing our love—and our gifts—with others during this season. For years when most of my grandchildren were little, we enjoyed pooling money and poring over a Heifer International catalog to choose an animal for a global family—a gift that meant income and sustenance for them. The kids loved hearing what a flock of chicks or bee hive might do for a family, or what a difference the gift of a goat could make to another family.

My church has a giving tree, and we're invited to buy gifts for those who otherwise might have nothing for Christmas. My congregation also is active with soup kettle and food pantry ministries. And almost daily in my mail I receive notices of wonderful organizations who give gifts to people in need.

So many opportunities exist for you and me to give gifts that have real reach, gifts that truly make a difference in the lives of others. Why not pick something out today, if you haven't already? You'll be giving yourself the gift of joy at the same time!

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