How are your holidays going? Take a deep breath and remember the reason we’re celebrating: It’s the season of miracles. Here’s the Nice List for low-stress, high-hope gift giving. Honor the people you love with these tips from Debbie Tenzer at DoOneNiceThing.com:
1. Mittens: Send a pair of new or gently used children’s mittens to needy kids in St. Paul, MN. Ms. Raeann keeps a basket of mittens at her desk at the courthouse, and offers them to kids who need some. Lisa Metwaly is collecting them at her Q Kindness Cafe, 350 St. Peter St., St. Paul, MN 55102. Send your own, or order online and let a store send them. (Good collection project for kids)
2. A Goose: A flock of geese can sustain a whole family in a developing country. A goose can lay up to 75 eggs a year – high protein for the family to eat and sell. Also, geese require minimal shelter, and they gobble up insects, slugs and snails. Give life and hope to a family. $20 online for a flock, Heifer International
3. Healing: Help wounded soldiers and their families. Send a Walmart or Target gift card, so they can buy baby food and other necessities, especially gas for traveling to the hospital to visit their soldier. Order a card online and have it sent to: Warrior & Family Support Center, 3138 Rawley Chamber, San Antonio, TX 78219, Attn: Judith Markelz
4. A Smile: Send a toy, book, puzzle or other gift so a foster child can receive a Christmas present. The holidays are especially hard for foster children, who are moved from home to home many times. You can make it a bit better by mailing a gift (for ages birth-18), or donate online. Children’s Law Center, 201 Centre Plaza Drive, Suite 10, Monterey Park, CA 91754-2178, attn: Princess Ramey
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays.