R0b posted these suggestions last Christmas and they are still very relevant. Merry Christmas to one and all and may you and your families enjoy your time together and may your christmas celebrations go light on the planet yet improve the plight of humanity.
“Merry Christmas. Well – soon anyway. I’ll be going off line some time in the next few days – time to get far away from computers and news and politics for a few weeks. Looking for gift ideas? There are plenty of ways to give a gift that will really make a difference. Here’s a small selection.
UNICEF – Inspired Gifts – if you make an order up to and including this Wednesday it will be in time for Christmas.
Leprosy Mission NZ – Really Good Gifts – if you want to go local.
Good Gifts – they promise that your money is spent exactly as you specify.
There are many other options like these, you’re sure to find something that suits. But not all gifts require money. I like these ideas from a piece in Stuff a couple of years ago, Ten ways to give back this Christmas:
1.) Give your time.
2.) Donate to a foodbank.
3.) Get your gifts wrapped by a fundraising stall.
4.) Buy charity Christmas cards or gifts.
5.) Swap Secret Santa for Charity Santa.
6.) Clean Your closets.
7.) Visit a neighbour or elderly person.
8.) Offer to babysit for friends or family
9.) Make a New Year’s resolution to get more involved in your community.
10.) Do a random act of kindness!
Wherever you are, have a good one.”