**Update- This post is from last year but, as I am starting to cross people off my Christmas list I am looking for more places to spend my Christmas budget that will make a difference in someone’s life. Look through the list below and add any updates!
A Coupon Katie Facebook fan left me this question:
Do you know of any charities that are selling items that can be used as Christmas gifts? I would like to buy some gifts that support a good cause at the same time! I did find some nice merchandise at 147millionorphans.com. Other than that one, I am drawing a blank! Thanks!!
What a great question! I love that in a season that can become overrun with commercialism Melissa stopped and asked this question.
I told her my Father-in-law worked for World Vision for years so we always bought them a gift from the World Vision gift catalog. Over the years we have purchased goats, chickens,vaccinations, soccer ball, clean water, lanterns-all sorts of things in my in-laws names. I also suggested Kris&Kate. They are a online woman’s fashion store that offers daily deals and they give 10% of every sale to World Vision’s Microenterprise Loans for Women or Compassion2one’s enterprise of freeing children from the sex-slave industry.
I then posted the question to all my Facebook fans and asked for more suggestions. There was such a great response! I feel like all the great ideas need to be shared. Here is the list I have received so far:
Feeding the Orphans– a local charity run by Sydney O’Leary, a 15 year-old-girl. Money goes to feed orphans, and to drill wells for towns that have no clean water in Ghana. Thanks, Ann
Krochet Kids-This is my idea, in honor my cousin Chloe who interned for them last year.
FashionAble–has beautiful scarves made by African women. It is a great charity and a great product!, Thanks Mindy
Hello Somebody exists to provide sustainable projects and restorative care to improve the lives of children in need. Thanks, Julie
KARM Thrift Stores-Thanks, Amber
Show Hope, Thanks Brandee
Heifer International gift catalog. You can purchase all different kinds of animals for families in need in other countries as a gift for someone. An animal can literally change the life of a family in another country. Samaritan’s Purse– is the same idea. Thanks, Stacey
The Volunteer Ministry Center Angel ornament is once again available this holiday season. This small foil Angel is a lovely symbol which indicates that you have given a gift to VMC in honor of the recipient. The Angel is appropriate for use as an ornament or a gift enclosure and will provide a lasting remembrance of your thoughtfulness.Angels are available for any donation amount of $5.00 or more and can be ordered by calling Selena Brewster at 524-3926 or by stopping by the VMC building at 511 North Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917. Thanks, Marie
This is by no means an exhaustive list but I hope it opens up a conversation and more of you share your ideas. If you know of other worthy organizations or local events leave a comment below. Thanks, and Merry Christmas.