I have a new tradition with my brother and sister-in-law. We started this last year. My sister-in-law came up with the idea, and I’m so glad she did. She is the kindest, most thoughtful person. She is also a spiritual champ. I admire her a ton.
We decided to give a donation in each other’s name to the charity of the recipient’s choice.
Last year we gave to Medical Teams International. We chose it because it is a faith-based organization, and that seemed appropriate, it being Christ’s birthday we were celebrating, after all. I’m on the board of MTI, and I know it has extremely low overhead costs, so almost all the money we gave went to help people rather than paying for administrative expenses. I gave specifically to the Guatemala fund to help the people I worked with last year in the village of Sehaquiba.
This year we are donating to MOMentum. This is the non-profit organization I recently started. I know the whole donation will go toward exercise equipment in parks for moms.
I post this because I think it’s a great way to learn more about your loved ones. Although presents are always fun, at some point, you don’t need more and more gifts. My dad has been saying that for years. When that day comes, why not find out what charity your loved one is passionate about and give to that? A couple of friends did this for my birthday, and I loved it.