I feel like I have a Thanksgiving hangover and I don't even live in America anymore! Last night I sat down to do a little "Cyber Monday" Christmas shopping, but was completely overwhelmed with buyer's anxiety, staring at one pretty flannel shirt from the Gap that was nice enough, but still couldn't sway my index finger to click on it. Apparently my chronic buyer's remorse condition now precedes any potential purchase whatsoever.
On the plus side, Giving Tuesday gives me no such qualms. First off, I don't have to return anything that might not fit. Secondly, there's no mark-up. On giving Tuesday, you give what you want, where you want, and it's way more beneficial than one pretty flannel shirt.
Here are five organisations you can put your purchasing power behind this week:
INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION: "We don’t stop at rescuing people after they have been abused. Our ultimate goal is to prevent the violence from happening in the first place. Our unique model to drive maximum-impact, long-term change through all our work is called Justice System Transformation." (UK Partner Office)
COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL: "Compassion exists as an advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults."
ACET: "Improving the lives of those living with and affected by HIV in lreland and playing our part in reducing the number of new cases of HIV in Ireland... breaking down barriers of fear to deliver projects that seek to change individuals, families and communities for the better."
Also consider giving to your local church, homeless shelter, legal aid, arts program, public radio or television, micro loans in developing countries, or missions organizations. Don't forget you can also give a wee percentage of your purchases on Amazon to a chosen charitable org via Amazon Smile!
I have personal experience with these specific organisations, but there are many, many more wonderful non-profits to get involved with and donate to. Will you add to the list? Leave a comment of some you're familiar with and let's share the Christmas love!
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