Last week I challenged you to move away from the "materialistic focus" of gift-giving to a "love focus" with clutter-free gift giving. Clutter-free gift (CFGs) giving is the act of gifting items that do not add more stuff (often unneeded) to the recipient's' homes
Many CFGs also let the person know you were truly thinking about their likes, passions and interests.
I offered these 5 areas to think about: Experiences, Donations, Consumables, Time and Expressions of your love and gratitude.
Moving down the list, today I will sharing ideas about clutter-free gift ideas in the area of donations. Make a donation in a loved one's name or memory. Also, think about giving for the benefit of others who don't even know you.
Local Food Pantries. Many households use the help of food pantries to provide meals for their families. Food pantries are reporting low supplies, especially at this time of the year.
Sponsor a Family. Is there a family who could use extra help this year making ends meet? Check with your local churches or agencies for ideas.
Cancer Research. Has a family member or friend been affected by an illness or cancer? Make a donation in their honor or in memory of a loved one.
International Groups. There are so many non-profit organizations that reach people around the globe that are truly in need of the basic life necessities, such as clean water, food, shelter, medicine, clothing, and education. Here are just a few examples:
Local Organizations. Don't forget about those non-profit programs that make a difference in your community, too. Here are some quick ideas:
- Library (public and school)
- Boys and Girl's Clubs
- Women's Shelters
- Soup Kitchens