Every holiday season, Patti and I chuck the typical traditions of gift giving. I receive nothing for Hanukkah and her stocking is empty on Christmas. Well, empty of gifts from each other.
Instead of spending money on more “stuff”, we select a charity to which we donate whatever sum we may have spent on gifts. This time of year is supposed to be focused on giving so that’s what we do.
Our donations were complete a few minutes ago as we selected 3 charities this year:
Cookies for Cancer – www.cookiesforcancer.org
Planned Parenthood – www.plannedparenthood.org
National Fatherhood Initiative – www.fatherhood.org
Although we’ll be glad to see 2009 depart, I’m happy that we were able to give more to charities this year than any previous year. And although we’re not financially rich, we recognize the more pressing needs of others and hope these donations will benefit many people.
Happy New Year everyone!