Gift Ideas That Help Others

Thinking about give to a charity this year. Let me suggest…

Donating  locally, we have our own Charity ” Spirit Alive Outreach Ministry”.

Listed are some of the things our charity provided for the community this year were as follows:

  • Paid Hydro collection costs for youth from The Refuge
  • Purchased  Christmas Toys, clothing, gift cards  for over 200 needy children 
  • Provided last months rent for some youth with The Refuge
  • Built a front porch and stripped and re-shingled a roof for someone on disability income.
  • Provide numerous gift cards for food vouchers for the working poor
  • Provided Phone cards for Pinewood Centre
  • Provided Food Vouchers for Pinewood Centre for St. Vincent’s Kitchen
  • Provided wheel chair ramp for some who was disabled
  • Paid labour cost for flooring for someone who was very ill.
  • Held numerous fundraising event to raise money for several charities including Patient Advisory Council of Lakeridge Health Oshawa
  • Supported the downtown Neighbourhood Garden with monetary donations and labour’s of love.
  • and much more…

This is just a few of the events that Spirit Alive Outreach Ministry
Looking for gift ideas for the person who has everything, or too much? Consider a gift for charity in their name and to an organization that supports their values.

tree Giving the gift of charity, that is, a donation in someone else’s name, is a profound and generous alternative to tangible presents. This is especially true these days: amid tougher economic times, non-profits are among the first to feel the pinch. And a number of Canada’s estimated 83,000 charities are offering a variety of tribute or donation-in-honor gifts, as they’re often referred to, so you’ll be able to tailor your gift to someone’s specific interests.

boxGive gifts that keep on giving. This is the kind of gift where you buy a donkey and one person gets the donkey, while another person gets a card with a picture of the donkey. The nonprofit that tackles poverty in developing countries has launched Oxfam Unwrapped, where, in honour of a friend or family member, you can purchase gifts such as the aforementioned donkey for $150, or a chicken, chicks included, for a frugal $38.

charity Make amicroloan. Microloans are the practice of people loaning small amounts of money to individuals in developing nations to help them start a business and get out of poverty. Organizations such as Kiva let you make a loan online to an entrepreneur across the globe for as little as $25. Make a microdonation in the name of a family member or friend as a gift this holiday and let them share in the spirit of giving.

Find presents with proceeds to charities. Many Canadian charity 1nonprofits sell toys, crafts and housewares as fundraisers and they can be given as gifts that would suit just about everyone. For the kids on your list, check out WWF Canada’s animal adoption program. For $40, you can choose to symbolically adopt from among 20 animals, including a giant panda and emperor penguin. Put the adoption certificate in the name of the gift recipient and they’ll receive an adoption kit that includes a plush animal version of the adoptee, a personalized adoption gift certificate and details about the work that the gift will help support.

Give a charity gift card. If you’re not sure which charity would mean the most to your friend or relative, consider giving a gift card from charity 2CanadaHelps. CanadaHelps, an online portal to thousands of registered Canadian charities, offers gift cards that let the recipient choose where to give. Simply go to the CanadaHelps website, pick an amount, provide information on where the card is going, and proceed to checkout. Your gift recipient will receive an e-mail notification about the gift, with instructions on how to spend it on a charity, and you will receive a tax receipt for your donation.
A tribute geared toward helping children. Buy $10 bed nets in your recipient’s name to stop the spread of malaria through the Unicef-sponsored Spread the Net program. charity 3
Help provide healthy breakfasts to kids across Canada through Breakfast for Learning. The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Canada are just two of the many organizations working to help children in Canada.
Shopping for someone who loves sports? Right to Play uses sports programs to improve the lives of children in disadvantaged areas of the world. Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart Program helps Canadian children from low-income families with the costs involved in participating in sports. You can buy a metre (or more!) of the TransCanada Trail, an initiative to build a hiking trail that spans the country, coast to coast to coast.
“Anything that has real and lasting value is a gift from   within.” ~ Franz Kafka