Nicole & JJ via Crowdrise
November 28, 2010
EVENT DATE: Dec 25, 2010
Advent typically refers to the period of time leading up to Christmas. This year, it begins on November 28. But what was once a joyous season spent with loved ones has quickly turned into a holiday full of traffic jams, shopping lists, credit card debt, and stress.
So, here's our thought: Instead of giving presents, give presence.
Before you think we’re getting all Scrooge on you, let us explain what we mean. We like gifts. Our kids really like gifts. But consider this: This year, America will spend $130 billion on Christmas. How often have you spent money on Christmas presents for no other reason than obligation? How many times have you received a gift out of that same obligation? Thanks, but no thanks, right?
So what if we intentionally decided to buy one less gift?—just one. It may seem insignificant, but so many people who have done this have found that by buying one less gift or a few less gifts, they were freed up to give more, relationally. Give time to bake cookies with the kids or go look at Christmas lights, enjoy time with friends, and even make gifts (you know, like when you were a kid). After all, aren't our favorite Christmas memories the ones that have something to do with relationships, time spent with those we love?
But then, with that money you didn’t spend on that extra gift, what if you turned around and gave it to those who really need it? Those who are poor, forgotten, overlooked, and hungry.
1 child dies every 5 seconds from hunger-related causes. The first 2 pictures (to the left) show Omar who almost died from starvation. And here's the thing: The cost to save his life and bring him to the point where you see him in the 2nd picture was only $35.
Do you see what can happen? Join us in changing things up this Christmas. 100% of all donations received will go directly to giving meals to starving children.
$0.19 = Feed 1 child
$19 = Feed 100 children
$35 = Feed 1 child for 6 months
$70 = Feed 1 child for 1 year
Make Christmas count this year. You can even make a donation on behalf of someone else, as their Christmas present. Just check the box that says “Yes, this is a Gift and I’d like to send an e-Card” when you're making your donation. It's way cooler than getting them that sweater they won't like or a random gift certificate!
For more info, visit us at www.food4others.org