Tips on holiday giving with a purpose

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Focus on Family – Thoughtful Holiday Giving

This holiday season, consider giving gifts that give back. They don’t have to be expensive but by giving gifts that give back, you can be making a world of difference to those less fortunate and teach your kids the importance of giving back, too.

Engage your family and friends to decide on a cause that means something to all of you and support it this season. Or, alternate it where one person decides on a cause this year and someone else can decide the cause next year.

While Passports with Purpose is working to build water wells in Haiti, there are several local non-profits in Chicago that need our help, too. Adopt a refugee family by donating coats or mittens; volunteer your time to help a family with household chores when they are spending time in hospital with a loved one. It doesn’t have to happen during the holiday season alone. Need is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Rather than sending out random corporate holiday gifts that are meaningless and will be forgotten upon receipt, consider donating those dollars to a local homeless shelter or food pantry where the money can go a long way and send a card that says you’ve made a donation in your clients’ name to that organization.

Get kids involved – ask the school to adopt another school where kids may not be getting any holiday gifts this year. Talk to your school’s principal or teachers to see how to incorporate a program that gives back.

For more information about Passports with Purpose:

www.wanderingtastes.com/

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