December 9th, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh
All across the USA people are talking about giving Christmas Gifts that are "Made in America" and– we're beginning to see some pretty impressive results in the form of job creation.
Well, here's another way do something great with your holiday shopping. How about donating to local food pantries and shelters in honor of the people on your Christmas list? Instead of scrambling around trying to figure out what on earth to get all those people who already have everything, why not honor them by helping someone who's hungry or cold?
Give the gift of hope to those who have lost hope. How many parents who were in a position just like you and me very recently– have no job today?
In our area we have many local organizations in need of donations, including the Reformer Christmas Stocking, Feed the Thousands and The Vermont Food Bank, in addition to local churches that each have a program to give hope and help. This year the need is more critical than ever.
What's interesting is that when given a choice, all of the people I polled said they would rather have this kind of donation given in their name than receive another pair of gloves for Christmas. I bet your friends would say the same. What do you think?