(NC) Offices, schools, book clubs and other groups often do Secret Santa or other gift-giving activities during the holidays. But it can be challenging finding the right gift for someone you don’t know well, and many end up being returned or not used at all. So why not take on a group gifting project that can make a difference in your community?
Here are some ideas and inspiration to get you started:
The gifts you give each other at your annual office Christmas party can also become a donation to local children. Organize your annual event so that each person tells everyone gifts they wanted when they were five, then organize a draw for exchanging one each of these ideal gifts. After the fun of opening the presents, donate them to the children’s ward in your local hospital. Young children and their parents will appreciate your thoughtfulness.
Get in touch with a local women’s shelter and find out what kinds of gifts would be valuable to the children who are living there over Christmas with their mothers. Toys or new clothing will help them feel special.
More than half of the world’s refugees are children, living in camps or urban poverty overseas and yearning for a home and education. When you gather with friends and family at a Christmas meal or celebration, take a moment to find out if anyone would like to join you in sponsoring a refugee family in 2019.
A committed team of five people is all it takes to provide emotional, practical and financial support for the refugee family during their first year in Canada. A larger group can help raise funds to support the family’s first year of settlement and provide ongoing friendship. This is the gift that truly keeps on giving, as you can participate in the development of a whole new generation of young Canadians.
The Refugee Sponsorship Training Program will match you with a refugee family. Learn more at rstp.ca.
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