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Charitable Gifts For Christmas: 7 Ways To Shop With A Heart This Year


It’s the time of year for giving! For many of us, shopping for gifts to give your friends, family, and loved ones is part of the Christmas holiday season. Shopping for gifts to give is wonderful, but what if you could also give back to those in your community who need it most at the same time?

Shop Local

One of the best ways to give back this holiday season is to shop at local stores whenever you can. Your friends and neighbors depend on community support year-round, but during the holidays, you can help support their businesses in special ways.

Purchase Gifts That “Give Back”

Do a little research and buy gifts where a portion of the company’s profits go to a charitable cause. We see this throughout the holiday season, as many businesses offer special holiday editions of products or partner with local charities.

Make A Donation

Not sure what to give that hard-to-shop-for friend or family member? Making a donation in their name to a charity or nonprofit organization is a fantastic way to give back this holiday season. 

If you’re passionate about helping those in our community who need food and shelter, you can make a donation online to Fellowship Missions in just a few easy steps!

Adopt Or Sponsor An Animal

If you have an animal lover on your holiday shopping list, adopting an animal in their name can make a heartwarming gift. Many wildlife conservation organizations offer programs like this so they can support the care and protection of endangered species.

If you want to support a community organization, Black Pine Animal Sanctuary has an online shop where you can buy a variety of items to support their organization, as well as adoption kits for animals like tortoises, red foxes, alligators, and more.

Give An Experience

Instead of giving a typical gift, consider giving experiences that also support a cause you are passionate about. This could be tickets to a charity event, membership to a museum, or even a workshop that helps support a community project. 

For children on your gift list, consider purchasing experiences like time at our local ice skating rink or a gift card to paint pottery or create glass art at one of our local art studios.

Volunteer To Give The Gift Of Time

Is there a cause you and your loved ones care deeply about? Consider giving the gift of your time together by volunteering at the organization of your choice.

At Fellowship Missions, we always need volunteers throughout the year to help in a variety of ways and often welcome groups who want to participate and volunteer together.

Support Fellowship Missions This Holiday Season

As we grow closer to the end of 2023, Fellowship Missions still needs your help! Without your generosity, we wouldn’t be able to continue helping those in our community who struggle with homelessness or substance use disorder.

You can make a meaningful impact this holiday season by giving the gift of shelter, safety, recovery, life skills, or long-term hope to our residents.

What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

James 2:14-17, NLT