Give the Gift of Hope This Holiday Season

By: Melaina Gasbarrino

The most wonderful time of year has sprung upon us once again and this holiday season its not only about giving the perfect gift to the ones you love it's about extending that concept into something so much larger that can show you how wonderfully magical the holiday season really can be. When many people's minds were on Black Friday or getting those special deals on the holiday gift must-haves, we often forget the true spirit of the holidays, which is can be a simple as the joy giving to those in need.

This year you can put a sparkle in many people's eyes if you decide on a more unconventional holiday gift. Many nonprofits today make it easy to buy a family in need essential services or income provisions through simple donation. What makes it even more special, is that you can consider a donation in someone else's name as a gift to them during the holidays.

The idea is really quite simple; it's all about extending a dream of life and happiness for those in less developed countries. It's a gift of hope, which can be as large as providing health care to giving the gift of clean water. With so many different nonprofit companies throughout the nation that enable us to give the gift of hope its no wonder many are flocking to the idea of lending a hand this holiday season. Think about it this way, providing a year's supply of water purification tablets for less than $30 is the most basic way for third world nation families to decrease the spread of deadly diseases. So in the grand scheme of things, by providing a little bit of hope for families who don't have as much as me or you, this certainly is the way to go if you are eager to start changing the world for the better today.

Here are a few different organizations that put a sprinkle of hope during the holiday season:

Food For The Hungry: With a mission to end physical and spiritual hunger worldwide, Food For The Hungry provides an extensive gift catalog to 'transform lives around the world'. Choose from many unique gift-giving ideas such as income generating gifts to education.

Heifer International: By enabling a family to become self-reliant in any less developed country is a gift in itself. Heifer International goes above and beyond that with their uniquely, extensive gift catalog. Buy a Heifer (a cow) for $500 and enable a family to have the gift that continually gives.

Save The Children Foundation: For as little as $25 you will enable a child to be apart of a preschool program and enable them to have the necessary Early Childhood Development School Kit that every little child would just love to have. With essential school supplies the future of a child is ever so brighter.

Give the gift of happiness this holiday season when you choose to provide for a family many miles away. It will not only warm your heart, but will put a smile on the face of a family who didn't think they would be plentifully celebrating this holiday season.

Melaina is from a small town in Ontario, Canada and as an avid environmentalist with a passion for focusing on healthy living. Having traveled the world and written about it every step of the way, she one day hopes to develop unique environmental educational programs for kids. 

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