Opportunities to Exercize the Habit of Sharing
Nathan Dungan encourages a discipline whereby people share 10%, save 10% and wisely spend 80%.
On his web site,http://sharesavespend.com [Share - Save - Spend] he provides links to various sources that assist people in carrying out this discipline.
Below are links that relate particularly to the discipline of "sharing." These are examples. Included is a link to the Evangelical Lutheran Church gift catalog. Check out ones associated with your faith community.
A click on any underlined item will bring you to that web site.
ELCA Good Gifts
ELCA Good Gifts, The Giving Catalog of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, makes it easy and fun to give meaningful, "make a difference" gifts: donations to ELCA ministries. Learn more about the gift-donation ideas by selecting them from this page; you're bound to find a "Good Gift" that's just right for everyone on your gift list.
One Example: Hope for the Children
Abril and Ivan are children who live in Ajusco, Mexico--a community where over 60 percent of homes are led by single mothers. Abril and Ivan's mothers work outside the home, so without help, Abril and Ivan and their brothers and sisters would be left alone during the day. Through gifts to ELCA World Hunger, Abril and Ivan are able to attend the Ajusco Infant Center, run by our partner Amextra, so that they can play, learn, and have two good meals and a snack while their mothers work.
Amextra provides food and services to people in some of Mexico's poorest areas. Your gifts to ELCA World Hunger Appeal help make a difference through our partner Amextra for children and families in Mexico--gifts for which Abril, in her drawing and note (above), says gracias!
-$1 provides meals for a child following a disaster
-$7 provides school supplies so a child can do well in school
-$30-50 provides one month of care for an orphan or an abandoned street child
-$50 provides day care for a young child whose parents work outside the home
-$100-500 pays school fees and buys a uniform for a child for a year
-$1,000 provides a new home for orphans whose parents died of AIDS
Gifts in any amount are gratefully accepted. These ELCA World Hunger Appeal "Good Gifts" are "second mile" opportunities to fund special children's projects with our partners
Heifer animals offer hungry families around the world a way to feed themselves and become self-reliant. Children receive nutritious milk or eggs; families earn income for school, health care and better housing; communities go beyond meeting immediate needs to fulfilling dreams. Farmers learn sustainable, environmentally sound agricultural techniques.
A Heifer Project Example Goats are Good for Families
Goat's milk is the only milk known to half the world's people, but 80 percent of mothers and children in rural areas do not have any type of milk or milk products. The gift of a dairy goat is a lasting, meaningful way to help a struggling family on the other side of the world.
Goats can thrive in extreme climates and on poor, dry land by eating grass and leaves. Your gift of a dairy goat can supply a family with up to several quarts of nutritious milk a day -- a ton of milk a year.
Extra milk can be sold or used to make cheese, butter or yogurt. Families use goat manure to fertilize gardens. And because goats often have two or three kids a year, Heifer partners can start small dairies that pay for food, health care and education.
It's no wonder the gentle nanny goat is often called the "foster mother to the human race!"
Gift of a Goat ($120.00) Share of a Goat ($10.00)
Church World Service - Build a Village
Build a Village is an interactive website for the whole family, featuring alternative gift giving opportunities that support work of Church World Service -- as well as stories, games, and other activities from children of all ages.
There are many interesting links associated with this site.
Roots & Shoots
Founded by Dr. Jane Goodall, the Roots & Shoots program engages and inspires youth through community service and service learning. This global program emphasizes the principle that knowledge leads to compassion, which inspires action. All Roots & Shoots groups show care and concern in three areas: the human community, animals, and the environment.
The World Vision Gifts of Hope catalog allows families to choose from over 100 items and give a gift to benefit an impoverished child or family. And, when you give a gift in the name of a loved one, World Vision will send them a beautiful card describing the life changing impact your gift has made. From goats and chickens to homes and health clinics, this year, unwrap a new tradition!
Change for Change
Change for Change is the first charitable giving vehicle for college students, working to promote philanthropy and raise funds for local community projects through the collection of loose change and other donations.
"Money-Smart Kids" Column
Janet Bodnar of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine writes a helpful weekly column online that answers questions parents and children are having about money. The column is incisive, conversational, and best of all, it's easy to understand -- she is a mother of three children after all. A two-part entry relevant to this program and well worth reading: "Teaching Kids the Value of Giving" and www.kiplinger.com/columns/drt/archive/2006/dt061122.html ["The Value of Giving, Part II."]