Christmas Opportunities for Generosity

Anybody else find it weird that Christmas is, for Christians, a celebration of the birth of Jesus – yet we buy all sorts of gifts for ourselves? We take the birth of Jesus and turn it into an opportunity to put ourselves at the center (classic humanity, eh?)

Don’t get us wrong, we do love Christmas.

But maybe the consumerism of Christmas has you a little perturbed, and you wish there was a way to give and be generous.

Here are some great opportunities for those who are looking for a place to be generously benevolent!

  • Buy something for a loved one from the World Renew Gift Catalogue (if you did not receive one in your mailbox recently, check the table in the foyer or visit http://www.worldrenewgifts.net)
  • Buy a gift for a child whose mother or father is incarcerated and unable to buy a gift.  Visit http://prisonfellowship.ca/angel-tree-christmas/ for what to buy and how to connect with a local family.
  • Consider something homemade (a pie, a knitted scarf) or a night out (a meal or a live concert or play).  Think of gifts that create time to be together.
  • Check in with the Kackaamin Centre, or the Bread of Life, here in Port Alberni, and see how you can help.
  • Other ideas? Leave them in the comments!

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