A few years ago, my husband and I decided to give more at Christmas. Not more stuff. Just more. Like so many other families, we get caught up in the gifts. We live in a materialistic society and it’s often hard to bring ourselves back to the true meaning of Christmas.
The year we decided to give more, we went the route of donations to a program that helps families in third world countries.
Since that year, we have looked for similar programs to which we can contribute. The point of gift giving is not for the giver to benefit, but when you give from the heart, you benefit in so many ways. The key is finding something that is close to your heart.
We liked giving to the organization that helps families in another part of the world. Although this year, I was thinking that I would like to contribute closer to home and get my kids involved, too. The concept of people in another country with little or no food to eat let alone toys to play with is kind of abstract to my 5 and 2 year old, so I had to find something that they understood, on their level.
And animals and nature right here in our backyard (well, not exactly our backyard because we live smack dab in the middle of the city)? That’s something my kids can wrap their minds around.
And this Christmas, The Nature Conservancy of Canada has the Gifts of Canadian Nature program to help make gift giving easy.
Nothing says “best gift ever” like a snowy owl!
Starting at just $40, Gifts of Canadian Nature help protect habitat for Canada’s native wildlife. A Gift of Canadian Nature lasts for years to come and is a gift that gives thrice! Once to the recipient with a personalized certificate and a beautiful calendar, once to the giver with a charitable tax receipt, and once to Canadian wildlife. This year we are featuring the snowy owl, the grizzly bear, the caribou, the gray fox and the Canada lynx. Here’s the link to the program page: https://donations.helpforcharities.com/ncc/holidays/index.php
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In time for Christmas, here’s a neat reindeer fact:
So, Santa’s reindeer could be boys and girls!