My mother does not need another scarf. That idea flashed through my head one Mother’s Day. And so, we started a tradition. Every year, I make a donation in her name to a charity I’m passionate about.
For Hanukkah or Christmas, does your mother need another scarf? Perhaps a donation to her or your favorite charity would be more meaningful. Every year at my synagogue, we have an alternative gift bazaar with suggestions on where to give. Perhaps your faith community does the same and that might be a place to start.
If not, here are some suggestions:
Austin-based Water to Thrive puts wells in Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania. You can buy a well for $5,000 or give a portion of a well. www.watertothrive.org.
Donate a Nativity scene of a donkey, a sheep, a goat and two chickens for $548 through World Vision, worldvisiongifts.org, or if you need a smaller gift, two chickens is $25, a goat is $75, a sheep is $126 and donkey is $322.
Go shopping as a family for another child. Salvation Army’s Angel Tree is up in local malls or you can give online at salvationarmytexas.org/austin. You also can host a virtual Red Kettle drive there.
You can adopt a whole family for Christmas and give in person through Austin Police’s Operation Blue Santa at www.bluesanta.org or make a monetary donation there as well.
Of course, we’re passionate about Statesman Season for Caring. You can find the stories and wish lists of the 11 featured families, which were nominated by a respected nonprofit agency, at statesman.com/seasonforcaring and make a monetary donation there as well. You can give to one family’s agency in particular, or the general fund, which gets shared equally among the participating agencies to help hundreds of families throughout Central Texas.
Wherever or however you decide to give, share your stories and photos of giving on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest at #seasonforcaring or email them to email@example.com.