This Christmas season I am always reminded of the many needs of our community and our world. We have the poor, homeless, neglected and the marginalized living among us. I recently shared with some friends about our family’s Christmas giving idea. Each year we all choose one of our favorite philanthropies. We tell each other via a family email and when someone wants to give us a Christmas gift we ask them to donate to that philanthropy. It is a gesture of bringing peace and dignity to another human being. When we gather on Christmas Day, we each share why we chose that philanthropy and possibly a story relating to serving in that philanthropy from the past year. It is a very powerful time when the focus is not about ripping off wrapping paper but all about wrapping up others with our love.

by Cathy