Dec 10 2008

Gifts That Matter

Gifts That MatterThis time of year when we’re all a bit stressed over the holiday shopping it might be worthwhile to consider some alternatives to the standard “shop ’til you drop” thing. For example, Gifts That Matter, run by CHF (which calls itself “formerly the Canadian Hunger Foundation” and is one of Canada’s longest standing non-governmental organizations) uses your donations to buy life sustaining “gifts” for people in developing countries around the world.

For example, for $50 you can buy a pair of goats for an impoverished family in Bangladesh. Feeling a bit more generous? $100 buys the gear required to provide a rural Vietnamese family with a source of clean water. For $500 (less than the price of that crappy ACER laptop you’re considering) you can buy a whole camel for a family in Ethiopia.

The idea is that you buy one of these gifts for someone in a developing country, and Gifts That Matter sends a greeting card (in a style you choose on their Web site) to someone on your Christmas list. That way, a family who really needs it gets something, and your Aunt Mabel doesn’t have to clear space for another box of doilies.

Although I couldn’t find anything about it on the Web site, as far as I know your gifts are tax deductible. So? What are you waiting for?

Categorized under Health,Society

10 comments so far

10 Comments on “Gifts That Matter”

  1. lightspeedchickon 10 Dec 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Love the photoshop job… LOL

  2. mareon 11 Dec 2008 at 12:54 am

    Although I couldn’t find anything about it on the Web site, as far as I know your gifts are tax deductible.

    Your gifts are tax deductible and the CHF sends you a nice statement in the mail.

  3. Kate M.on 11 Dec 2008 at 1:29 am

    Now I want a donkey.

  4. Kathrynon 11 Dec 2008 at 12:15 pm

    I always wanted a pony for christmas…a camel would be cool though… :)

  5. Harryon 11 Dec 2008 at 2:21 pm

    A concern of mine is always whether an org. is a registered charity or not. Lots of BS out there. I did find the reference that mare speaks of although it was not easy and something I would normally expect on the front page.

    I like the idea and will contribute, but will also take the time to mention that they should better describe their charitable status.

    …do have a cow, man!

  6. Martineon 11 Dec 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Don’t know if you’re trying to send me some message here, sweetie, but I want you to know that I will not be a happy girlfriend if you buy me a camel.

    Just sayin’.

  7. blorkon 12 Dec 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Martine, thanks for the tip. ;-)

  8. vieux banditon 13 Dec 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Martine’s comment is valid for MOST women, guys. Just sayin’.

  9. Harryon 15 Dec 2008 at 8:35 am

    Insert offensive joke here about whether one hump or two will do…

  10. DAVE IDon 22 Dec 2008 at 4:50 pm

    That’s a great idea. Too bad I’m now broke :(