Last year, as our world was opened through adoption, we began to learn about so many wonderful organizations doing truly amazing things to help people rise above poverty. As we did our shopping for Christmas gifts, it suddenly became very important to us to figure out presents that did more than just provide the receiver with a new shiny object. We sought to purchase gifts that supported adoptive families or vulnerable children.
This year, we’re hoping to do the same. My 4-year-old and I had a fun time searching through Heifer International’s gift catalog yesterday, and deciding whether Grammy would appreciate a water buffalo, flock of chicks or goat being given in her name (she opted for chicks).
I’ve put together a fantastic list over at Encompass’ blog that includes amazing organizations worthy of your holiday dollars. Please go check it out, pin it and share it! You’re sure to find something for everyone– whether you’re looking for your child’s teacher or your other half. And if you haven’t visited Encompass’ blog lately, you’ll have to check out some of their other posts. I’ve been sharing ways to advocate for families and vulnerable children, and also put together a three part series on fundraising for adoption, with helpful tips and a list of adoption grant organizations.