Monday, December 14, 2009

Last Minute Christmas Gifts?

I'd like to provide the Spoiled for the Ordinary 2nd annual Alternative Gift Giving Guide. If you're having trouble finding the perfect something for a loved one, maybe it is because they don't need anything!

Instead of buying another unwanted trinket, consider donating on behalf of others and benefit those who really need it.

International Justice Mission - an organization providing justice, rescue, and rehabilitation for victims of the slave trade and sex trafficking.

World Vision - providing food and medical care around the world for years. One of the most respected charities out there.

Wonderfully Made Jewelry - do double duty! Find a beautiful jewelry piece for someone, made by rescued victims of trafficking. The jewelry may seem a little expensive, but it is not coming at the expense of sweat-shop labor.

Angel Tree by Prison Fellowship - Angel Tree provides presents to the children of prisoners, and is a way of showing hope to both the prisoner (who often feels guilty about not being able to provied for their kids) and the family left at home. Prison Fellowship offers many outreaches and services to prisoners all year.

Mercy Ships - these ships travel the world to offer medical, dental, and community development services to some of the poorest of all.

There are other worthy organizations out there, but most of these I've had experience with, and I know there is good return on your investment.

Be a blessing this Christmas season, and God bless you!

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