Let the countdown to Christmas begin!
Somewhere lost in all the Black Friday Deals and Super Sunday Steals we have lost the true spirit of giving from the heart. Everything is a hustle and a rush and a mad dash for that perfect gift before it goes off sale! December is always buy, buy, buy!! Christmas has just become so commercialized!
Did you know that consumers will spend $470 Billion (yes, with a B) on Christmas and other winter holidays? Could you imagine the difference that could be made if just 1 percent of that went to a charitable cause or small businesses, instead of the big box giants??
One of the downsides to all the Christmas Cheer is that this time of year reminds us of loved ones we are missing… Many who have been lost to cancer. In fact, I don’t know anyone whose life hasn’t been affected by it in some way. In honor of my family members who’ve lost that battle, I like to shop for Christmas gifts that make a difference. Personally, when I spend hundreds of dollars- I like knowing my hard earned money is going matter to someone, instead of padding the bonus check to some over paid top ranking executive.
Christmas Gifts that make a difference
My favorite gift shop for Christmas has got to be St. Jude’s Childres Research Hospital. St Jude’s is ranked one of the best pediatric cancer hospitals in the country, and its the only cancer center devoted solely to children. But, they really have my heart because no child is ever turned away because of the family’s inability to pay. In fact, families never pay for the care they receive. St. Jude covers costs for treatment, travel, food, and lodging for each patient and a family member.
You can probably find a little something for everyone on your list on their on-line gift shop. I shop here first, because 100% of the profits go to back to St Judes. But… they also have great partners who will donate a set dollar amount or a percentage of sales of selected gifts to St Judes.
Check out these adorable owls from West Elm.“With flying colors. For each of these colorful St. Jude® Owls sold, $5 of the purchase price will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.”
Kay Jewelers is offering these sterling silver dangle charms featuring the St. Jude’s Logo. $15 of ever purchase will be donated to the research hospital.