Inspiration: In Lieu of Gifts

Inspiration: In Lieu of Gifts

Amber Byfield
Dec 10, 2009

Earlier this week, we were inspired by an email sent around by my younger sister. Instead of gifts this season, she's asking the family to help purchase dairy goats for an impoverished community.

'Tis the season, we thought when we opened her email. At a time when we're all a little worried about getting by, my sister is keeping others in mind ahead of her own wants, or even needs. It's inspiring not only because she's giving up her own wish list to help those in need, but also because on a broader level, it's making this world a better place.

Not to sound cheesy, but this gave us that sense of warmth that we know this season is all about. And, here's a nice little green addendum: the gifts she's not asking for represent packaging that doesn't have to be disposed of, carbon miles that don't need to be accounted for, and the absence of another thing in her living space. This act of charity is green, too!

She did say that she's still accepting homemade gifts of fudge, granola, and caramels—and we're so very happy to oblige.

If you'd like to give dairy and other farm animals, you can check out WorldVision.org.

Will you be giving any gifts of charity this season?

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