When the kids were little and growing up, we did a Christmas tithing for the holidays. All year long we’d keep a big mason jar in the house, to which the kids would contribute a portion of their weekly allowance. I’d contribute to it too, and when Christmas rolled around we’d all sit down at the kitchen table, count the money we’d accumulated, and each choose a charitable organization to donate to. I remember Maria would often choose Hope House, a shelter for women and children in Scott County; Josh liked Oxfam and Doctors Without Borders. We’d pick a small mix of local and (inter)national charities, and then we’d match the amount given with the amount we were planning to spend on gifts for friends and family.
What charities do you hold close to your heart? What areas of the world or populations are you thinking about this holiday season? Below is a very short list of local and global charities. Please comment or email/message us with some that you’d like to see added to the list.
Even at times when we feel like we have so little, there’s always someone who has much less. From our family to yours, we invite you to press pause on your shopping list and extend the spirit of giving this Christmas.
- Hope House (Scott County, VA): https://www.facebook.com/HopeHouseOfScottCountyInc/
- United Way of SWVA: http://unitedwayswva.org/
- Habitat for Humanity (Washington County Chapter): https://www.habitat.org/us-va/abingdon/washington-county-va-hfh
- Feeding America SWVA (formerly called Second Harvest): https://www.faswva.org/
- Appalachian Sustainable Development (Abingdon, VA): http://asdevelop.org/
- Oxfam: https://www.oxfam.org/
- Heifer Project: https://www.heifer.org/
- Doctors Without Borders: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/
- UNICEF: https://www.unicef.org/
- Habitat for Humanity: https://www.habitat.org/