11.27.2007

Christmas Giving Revolutionized...


I used to hate Christmas...The songs, the gifts, the carollers, all of it...But I have mellowed into a guy who really likes - make that loves - that Christmas season...A big part of that is being able to spend the holiday season and share those experiences with my incredible wife...But one thing I still don't like about Christmas: THE GROSS CONSUMERISM that we have corrupted the holiday with here in America...Don't get me wrong. I love a great gift as much as the next guy. But I think we've let it get way, way out of control...I was in Wal-Mart last Friday morning as I watched people tear into packaging and knock each other over just to save a few bucks on the newest gadgets and gifts...Something is wrong there. And this is not a problem of the world. Christians are not exempt from this...Look at all the church fundraisers, parties, and events that have ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with celebrating Christ and everything to do with celebrating us. I hope that this holiday season, you'll get a chance to look beyond that consumerism to unwrap the real truths that lay hidden in the Christmas season...Truths found not only in the crib, but also in the cross.

That being said, I want to share with you another great combination of generosity, creativity, and the media outlet of the internet...I give you www.igive.com....This website is dedicated to allow you to shop online while giving a significant amount of your purchase to charity. Here's how it works...Go to igive.com and choose from 680+ online stores, including the top brands and stores like Best Buy, Gap, Home Depot, Starbucks, and A&E...Each store has set a certain percentage of their profits, ranging all the way up to 26%, to give to a charity of your choice...You shop, pick out your favorite gifts, and select the charity that you'd like to benefit from your purchase...If you don't see your favorite charity on the site, you can even add it in. And, according to the website, you won't pay any more than in the store. Sometimes you'll even pay less with special deals and coupons for iGive shoppers...So if you must shop and spend this holiday season, find a way like igive.com to do it creatively...

I've got some more gift ideas for those who have it all and don't need anything that I'll be sharing later...If that person is on your list, then hold off for a while...Until next time...

2 comments:

dbrown said...

wow...thanks for the heads up.

We should catch up soon.

mbn18 said...

There is a new alternative for online fundraising, take a look at GiveStream ( http://www.givestream.com). It offers a set of free and easy-to-use online fundraising and community-building tools that help nonprofits create their own branded easy giving center.