Giving Back

Something Different…

I am grateful I have the time and lifestyle to enjoy writing my blog.  I am grateful to have a roof over my head, food in the refrigerator, and enough resources to pay the bills.  I am grateful I am healthy and have the opportunity to age gracefully.

It’s always important to look beyond oneself, though, and remember that so many others in this world don’t have it so easy.  So, this year, instead of giving Christmas presents, our family is doing something different.

My kids (all grown up and with their own kids) and the adults in my household and I really don’t need anything.  Rather than exchanging gifts, we’ve decided to donate a certain amount of money per adult person to Doctors Without Borders for the people who were so tragically impacted by the typhoon in the Philippines.  One of my daughters-in-law is from Manilla, so this makes it all the more special to us.  (Thankfully, her family living there are OK.)  It also gives us an opportunity to get away from the holiday commercialism.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if others joined in and followed our lead?  I was just thinking about this today…

Yours in aging with class,
Jane

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8 Responses to Giving Back

  1. Liz Field says:

    nice idea …

  2. Kathy says:

    That’s great! Actually, Arshag and I did give the kids and grandkids gifts, but we have cut out gifts for each other. Instead, we are also donating to the victims of the typhoon. Who needs more things? We have too much already. Good idea, Janie. And, it’s good to put the message out there. Perhaps others who read your blog will donate to an organization that helps people in need. Love, Kahkee

  3. Great idea. I don’t need more “stuff.”

    Rather than buying individual Christmas gifts for my staff – or sending cookies – I bought them a lama or sheep from Heifer International. The most fun I had Christmas shopping every year was deciding on which animal. Another staff member suggested earmarking part of our year-end bonuses for Kiva micro-lending. As a group, we’d decide who to support.

  4. Debbie says:

    Congrats, Jane! It must feel wonderful on many levels! I advise people to check out the organizations to whom they choose to donate. Many charitable organizations have large overheads and only a small portion actually goes to those in need.

    I love creating traditions for my family. I believe that everyone would agree that our favorite holiday tradition is the night we go to Target and shop for the family we adopt from the Department of Social Services. We buy PJ’s and clothes for the kids and parents and then we add toys and luxuries for the parents. We always add a family game for everyone to play together and a gift card to a local grocery store is the icing on the holiday cake. We would pick out our Christmas tree, go out to dinner, and then go home and wrap all the gifts. Sadly, now the gifts have to remain unwrapped but it is still a lot of fun.

  5. Wow, Debbe..why am I not surprised that you and your family do this? You are all so generous to others. The reason why we chose “Doctors Without Borders” is because such a large percentage of donations go to those in need. So very important! Your post was such an inspiration. 🙂

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