Sunday, December 13, 2015

Give in Ways that Heal the World

And everybody wins. Even if you are giving gifts boxed and wrapped this season, I urge you to  give at least one gift like the below - even if it's a gift to yourself! It goes without saying how much good it does for all. 

One person CAN make a difference in this way - give to a friend, where it gives to another person, group or village, who then make a difference in the lives of their families, friends, communities and countries, and who knows, maybe one or three of those people go on to do big things in the world. 

DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE your power to create a huge ripple effect, even if in a small contribution, even if it's from only one gesture. 

The Heifer Project gives animals to people all around the world to promote sustainable advances in their lives. Buy anything from a hive of bees, a pig, llama, chickens or geese, a cow, trees in in the name of the person you are gifting. This is, as it says above, the most important gift in the world.

There are so many ways you can help (you can even get your employer to do matching funds if so moved). Here are just two pictures of their many programs. THIS IS THE BEST!

Go Green -- literally! Buy a tree --or many-- for a dollar each in a person's name, and even choose the region of the country or the world that you'd like them to be planted (At times they offer places you can plant them where they are trying to come back from a natural disaster). Your friends will receive a nice announcement about it too.

You'll get a charitable tax deduction, the planet will get oxygen producing air filters, the animals will get shade, a food source and shelter, and the soil will get nutrients and be secured by their roots. Pretty good for a dollar! Just press where it says is this a gift for someone. Click around on the menus before choosing what you want to do. VISIT American Forests.

Donate in someone’s name as a gift to Amnesty International a powerful force - a voice for rights of people everywhere, against political imprisonment and torture. 

Doctors without Boarders delivers medical need around the globe when it's most needed. For Doctors Without Borders, the ability to respond quickly to medical humanitarian emergencies is crucial to saving more lives. Unrestricted funds allow them to allocate their resources most efficiently and where the needs are greatest.   honor someone with a gift HERE.

EMPOWER people around the world with as little as $25! How many coffee's do we buy in a week that easily totals that?  Kiva gives you the chance to make a loan to people in over 70 countries so they can start businesses, go to school, and change their lives. Support a borrower of your choice. When you give a Kiva Card, you give someone else the chance to make a loan to a borrower who inspires them. When that loan is repaid, they can lend those funds again and again to make an even bigger difference. It's truly the gift that keeps on giving!

Kiva connects millions of people around the world through lending to make the world a better place. Every day, hundreds of loans are funded to help borrowers start and grow businesses, send their kids to school, switch to clean energy, and more — all with a nearly 99% repayment rate. Just go to, find a story that speaks to you, and do a little bit of good!

Another is the Grameen Project , which gives support to the poor in ways that help them help themselves  in Africa, Latin America, and Asia -you can send a gift card for any of those areas specifically

The world really really needs us all to band together and help so that good will win, as it should. All you need is love, and a few less cups of coffees, magazines from the stand, or whatever it is you might sacrifice for a short while to gift a donation. What a huge difference it can make! 

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