‘Tis the season to shop ’til you drop. And, if you’re anything like me, the last thing you want to be doing with your precious free time is fighting hordes of Black Friday shoppers to find the “perfect” gift for each one of your kid’s seven teachers. No thank you!
This year, we’re doing things differently, and I invite you to join us. I am determined to teach my kids about the true meaning of Christmas. After all, “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” Thanks Mother Teresa, you were a wise, wise woman.
Rekindling the Magic of Giving
For many people, gift giving has become an added strain, financially and emotionally, turning what should be an act of love into a chore. It’s time to rekindle some of the magic that makes Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah truly special.
This year, I’m letting my girls shop for their own gifts with help from SERRV. This nonprofit organization has been fighting global poverty since 1949, through the sale of low-cost, high-quality handmade crafts. Every purchase supports fair wages and safe working conditions for rural artisans and farmers around the world. The best part—my kids can read about who they are helping with each individual purchase, like:
Begun in 1990 by two social workers concerned about the plight of street children and single mothers in Ho Chi Minh City, Mai Handicrafts was built on the belief that social development is tied to economic self-reliance. Today Mai Handicrafts has expanded their reach to ethnic minorities in underserved mountain villages. Read More…
A female-run organization, Sindyanna of Galilee markets olive oil and other premium fair-trade products, channeling all profits back to educating Arab women. Your purchase offers Arab farmers in Israel a fair price for their crops, Palestinian and Israeli women greater economic opportunity, and a rare model of Jewish-Arab coexistence. Read more…
Divine Chocolate pays small-scale cocoa farmers in Ghana market premiums, funding community projects and improving their quality of life. Your purchase supports a powerful poverty-fighting business model that demonstrates what fair trade business principles can achieve. Read more…
Paying It Forward
Our plan is to include the artisan’s story on a small gift tag so each recipient can learn about SERRV. We hope they will pay it forward with a purchase of their own.
So… my kids get to give a more meaningful gift that supports an incredible cause (and doesn’t break the bank), all while learning how these empowered men & women are changing the world. How’s that for holiday spirit?