Cyber Monday ? NOT! Best Gift Giving Ideas -Here!

Cyber Monday came and went.  It made me a little nervous; I felt a tremendous amount of pressure to get my act together so that I could buy my holiday gifts yesterday…Then I realized it was a bunch of hype and that I simply did not want any more pressure related to technology.  I did not have my list completed, had not looked at my finances and had not made any final decisions about what I would be purchasing for gifts for the season. The idea that I HAD to be prepared to order anything I might want to purchase and do it THAT DAY was just ridiculous…Don’t get me wrong. I like to get the best price and I am not saying people didn’t get some great bargains and save on merchandise…I simply didn’t want to be pressured into doing my shopping on Monday.

Over the weekend I asked my daughter and her boyfriend what they wanted for Christmas. They gave me a small  list and told me that they wanted everything USED if possible.  That’s right…they don’t want new items…they believe in extreme recycling…reduce, reuse, recycle. I respect their dedication to making the planet a better place.  So I guess I will be Freecycling.  Freecycle  allows you to give away your unneeded items and to request items that you need or want.   Here is the statement from the website explaining the philosophy:

Welcome! The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,864 groups with 7,603,875 members around the world. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them’s good people). Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by entering it into the search box above or by clicking on ‘Browse Groups’ above the search box. Have fun!

My other daughter requested that I make a donation to http://www.heifer.org.  Heifer.org allows people to make a contribution or purchase livestock or training for people in third world countries. This organization and its contributors/customers make a real difference and help to change people’s lives.   Many of us in this country are extremely fortunate.

I suggest that you might want to purchase from the organizations in this blog or make a contribution-each in the name of someone who is  on your Holiday gift list. There are thousands (if not millions) of organizations and non-profits who are worthy of your consideration and who would be thrilled to be considered.   Here are just a few:

The Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation, Inc. (HSF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation dedicated to improving the quality of life and quality of care for individuals and families affected by Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS).

HS is an inflammatory skin disease that affects an estimated 1% of the population. The main features of HS include painful and chronically recurring, deep-seated follicular nodules, papules, pustules and abscesses, scarring, sinus tracts and recurrent discharge. The areas most commonly affected are under the arms, groin, buttocks, and under the breasts. The disease is variable and recurrent. It may present with solitary or multiple lesions in one area, with lesions in many areas, or in more severe cases may have large areas of skin affected by recurrent, draining lesions that are very difficult to heal.

Living Traditions  is dedicated to the celebration and continuity of community-based traditional Yiddish culture. Living Traditions brings the lush bounty of Yiddish culture to new generations in ways both inspiring and relevant to contemporary Jewish life.  Their annual KlezKamp brings together musicians who celebrate Klezmer music.  Go to http://www.livingtraditions.org.

http://www.kiva.org    helps entrepreneurs across the globe with low interest micro loans

http://www.braincake.org/canteen/?gclid=CL3_6-qgyaUCFRZy5QodRF7VYw

Can*TEEN puts girls in touch with resources, mentors, curriculum and each other. Can*TEEN inspires girls’ choices, helping them see science as a career and the way to make a difference in our world

www.thorncroft.org

Thorncroft Equestrian Center’s horseback riding programs are designed to educate equestrians of all ages and abilities in the enjoyment and care of the horse. The result of these experiences is a freer spirit developed within. The programs are also devised so that many levels of physical and mental abilities can benefit; handicapped individuals as well as able-bodied.

www.habitatforhumanity.org

builds homes for disadvantaged Americans. you can donate time or money.

http://www.brandywinepeace.com

works for peace

http://www.wilpf.org/

works for peace

http://www.delcopeacecenter.org

works for peace

http://www.freedomdogs.org       Freedom Dogs offers custom-trained specialty service dogs to wounded members of the military returning from armed conflict. It is reported that 40% of all returning troops suffer from PTSD. Many of these returning men and women are so mentally, physically or spiritually broken that they have little hope of returning to mainstream life. They use a huge number for suicide prevention.

www.plannedparenthood.org

provides information on reproductive health and also free contraception for teenagers

http://www.dreamcometrue.org/

Dream Come True’s mission is to promote and enrich the lives of children who are seriously, chronically or terminally ill.  We offer children with life threatening illnesses the chance to hope, dream and live their fantasies.

www.angel34.org/about/

helps fight against childhood cancer

www.prosper.com

helps people to get loans from individual Americans who offer a portion of the total loan amount requested

https://secure20.salvationarmy.org/donation.jsp

Please also remember your local food banks and local shelters. many people are in need this year.

This is MeddlingMom…

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