There is a good chance if you’re reading this that you don’t really “need” anymore stuff. The friends and family you’re buying gifts for this year most likely have their basic needs covered. Why not give the gift of education to some excited kids in Kenya and El Salvador in their names?
This past weekend I attended a fundraiser/holiday shindig in Venice, California (hence the surfing imagery) that supports an organization called One Kid, One World. This small group of dedicated volunteers head to Kenya and El Salvador multiple times a year and work with remote communities to help students and teachers build/rebuild their schools. Why not give some books, a desk or a classroom in your friend or family member’s name? It may not look as shiny as the new whatever-you-were-about-to-buy initially, but its value will far outlast it.