By this time, you will probably all have already seen a half dozen or more Christmas catalogues from various organizations: World Vision, Salvation Army, Food for the Hungry, Mennonite Central Committee, to name a few. The idea behind the catalogue is, of course, to raise funds for their projects.
In many ways, this is a great idea. It really does make a difference in the life of someone who has real, physical needs. It is a way to honour someone you love by giving such a gift in their honour. It is a reminder that, compared to many in the world who are in desperate need for daily sustenance, most of us in North America don’t need anything.
And it’s a truly thrift-hearted gift: doesn’t need wrapping, reduces waste, isn’t costly (depending on what you get) and it’s a gift that really does communicate that it’s thought that counts.
What do you think of charity gifts? Would you be disappointed if that’s all you got under the tree?