This year our family is giving each other a visit from my daughter for Christmas. We all pitched in to buy her a plane ticket. Even my oldest two sons contributed, deciding that sharing the holidays with family was the best present of all .
Since one large gift freed up the money we would have spent on individual gifts, I started thinking about how much we would save this year which led to the aha moment; it’s time for us to give back.
My mother, who recently retired, couldn’t afford to give each of my children gifts for Christmas last year, so she donated money in their names to the K.I.N.D. Fund which partners with unicef to provide desks for children in Malawi. My children, who are mostly grown now, thought this was cool.
This isn’t to say that we never give anything to charity; occasionally we donate to food drives, and every now and then I give $5 to the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Database because I use their website so often and appreciate all they have done to educate consumers about safe personal care products and products for the home. We donate clothing and household items too, but most of us are relieved to find a repository for unused items, and this type of giving, although important, doesn’t require much thought.
A recent report in the San Jose Mercury News states that just over 800,000 people in the Bay Area are at or below the poverty level which is considered to be a historical high.
So what if the 7.3 million people in the Bay Area minus the approximate 1 million living in poverty each contributed $5 to a meaningful cause? Just to make the math less complicated, and because I know that many people just above the poverty level still need to spend the $5 on food for their children or themselves, lets round the figure to 6 million. Whew, just think what $30,000,000 could do to change the world or to improve another person’s life. Based on these local figures, maybe we need to begin giving in our own backyards.
So I would like to hear from you. What causes have you donated to, and which ones would you consider donating to in the future?
Because we’ll probably choose more than one organization, both local and global ideas are welcome, and let’s not forget our furry friends or even their not so furry relatives. After pooling our resources and considering all options, each family member will have input on which causes to fund. I’ll report back to you with the results after Christmas.
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Get Those Ideas Coming!
George Avalos, April 1, 2015. San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved from http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_27830698/poverty-rates-near-record-levels-bay-area-despite