"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." ~Benjamin Franklin
In recent years, I had come to the conclusion that we have enough 'stuff' and I felt the frenzy that seems to come with buying from Thanksgiving through to the New Year, for many people, seemed to obliterate the actual meaning of these holidays.
So how does one 'give' during this time of year that will actually understate the meaning of the seasons of giving. And since I am a beekeepers we gave hives in adult family members names. That being said are you looking for that perfect gift? One that keeps on giving? Whether it is Chanukah, Christmas or Kwanzaa these foundations work to reduce poverty, hunger and help with development in our country and others. You can find these might work for you locally and internationally.
Action Against Hunger (3-4% administrative costs) 4 stars overall
C.A.R.E. (5.3% administrative costs) 3 stars overall
Heifer International (8.4 admin costs) 2 starts overall
Outreach International (7% admin costs) 3 starts overall
OXFAM (7% admin costs) 3 stars overall
UNICEF (5% admin costs) 4 stars overall
World Food Programs (1.9%) 3 stars overall (All data is from CharityNavigator.org )
From me to you: Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas and Happy Kwanzaa
What does one person give to another?
He gives of himself, of the most precious thing he has, he gives of his life.
This does not necessarily mean that he sacrifices his life for the other; but that he gives him of that which is alive in him.
He gives of his joy, of his understanding, of his knowledge, of his humor, of his sadness, of all expressions and manifestations of that which is alive in him.
In thus giving of his life, he enriches the other person. He enhances the other's sense of aliveness by enhancing his own sense of aliveness.
He does not give in order to receive; giving is in itself exquisite joy.
But in giving, he cannot help bringing something to life in the other person, and this which is brought to life reflects back to him; in truly giving,
He cannot help receiving that which is given back to him.
Giving implies to make the other person a giver also and they both share in the joy of what they have brought to life.
In the act of giving, something is born, and both persons involved are grateful for the life that is born for both of them.