I have talked to all my family and friends who are on my usual Christmas list, and shared my plans for this Christmas. They all love the idea, and plan to do the same, so I thought I would share it with ya'll!
I am going to recycle Christmas, and you can too! I am going to do all my major shopping at yard sales and Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity and the like, and also some charities such as the Humane Society. I have asked everyone to do the same when buying a gift for me. Why?
First of all, my adult children are where I was twenty years ago, when Santa was hard enough on my wallet. If they can give a gift from the heart without being ashamed of it not being new, that is what counts. The Salvation Army will use the money to help someone else
Goodwill DOES NOT provide any sort of disaster relief or charity, by the way; they only "train people for work" I learned this during Hurricane Katrina, when I asked the Goodwill regional manager why the Salvation Army shelves were empty,but it was business as usual at Goodwill.
Anyway, recycling Christmas also makes it possible for us to donate more to others in need and still have joy in our hearts, not over what we received, but because of what we gave.
After all, isn't that the REAL meaning of Christmas? Let's recycle it as well, it's about time!
Source: Remembering what it is like
By Dollyslaffn from Darien, GA
I have shopped for Xmas at charity thriftshops for years. It's nice to know that not only are you getting a great deal - but that you are contributing to the work of the charity as well. (Especially good when you wouldn't otherwise have the $ to make a further charitable contribution.) Note: For that reason, there have been a very few charity thrift shops I felt I had to avoid. (10/19/2009)
I think your idea is truly wonderful and I hope more folk do the same! It's not only helping us but also our local charities who have to struggle to stay afloat! I also shop thrift stores and not only does it save me money on items I can no longer afford new because am recently disabled but also gives back to our local communities.
I truly hope that no offense is taken with what I am going to say here but I simply must ask "What's wrong with Goodwill (which is a non-profit organization with several 'volunteers' who help keep it afloat) that trains the disabled and less fortunate to be able to find and keep a permanent job in the work force in their respective communities?" Why is that so bad that they do that instead of giving away material donations?
Although Salvation Army and Goodwill are national they are locally run and funded. I would think helping our local communities, by putting people to work, would be just as good of a reason to shop at their stores while saving huge dollars for ourselves for items ranging from clothing to appliances is as good of a reason to shop there as any other charity store.
Also, the Salvation Army, which is a different charity than Goodwill, shelves were probably empty because Salvation Army stores are also locally run. Both charities rely on 'local' donations and there simply was not enough to go around during such a horrific catastrophy as Katrina with so many in need.
So let's not only have and share joy but also understanding in our hearts during any season :-)
This is such a good, good idea, and it really throws back to what the spirit of Christmas is supposed to be about: not a race to see who can give the gift with the most bling ( or gobble up the most presents), but to give with the heart and give back to the community at the same time.
A lot of people will embrace this because they've been hard hit by the state of the economy--I hope that when the economy finally recovers we can all look at Christmas the way the OP has and continue to set aside the insanity of commercialization at Christmas for simpler ( and way more meaningful) giving. Merry Christmas! (10/20/2009)
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