Lori Shelby, Ph.D., Founder & CEO
Happy Holidays! My family has a fun give-back tradition that we started last year, which I wanted to share today.
We choose one charity each year to donate to. We wrap up an ornament and/or other reminder about this charity and put it under our tree. On Christmas Day, it is a great fun to open the gift and share with the family who we donated to this year. It is also a gentle reminder that Christmas is not just about giving and receiving gifts in our home.
Last year, we chose the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/), which involves a dedicated team of people rescuing elephants and rhinos in Africa. This year we chose Kiva ( https://www.kiva.org/about) another wonderful organization that crowdfunds loans to help people around the world develop their businesses, improve food security, obtain educations, etc.
We would love to hear about your give-back holiday traditions as well. Please share them in the comments.
Note: We happen to celebrate Christmas in our home, but this idea can easily be adapted to Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc..
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