Making a difference with alternative gift giving

I dread the idea of shopping at Christmas.

As I get older, thinking about fighting the crowds and line ups at stores seems grueling. So is wondering how much to spend on each person’s gift, and hoping to find just the right item. Going to the mall to search for that perfect gift can take hours, if not days. It wears me down and by Christmas Day I can feel too exhausted to really enjoy the holiday spirit. And in my case, mailing gifts away to family and friends before the postal deadline is expensive and pretty stressful too. It just doesn’t seem to fit what the “giving” in Christmas represents. For me, there is a much deeper meaning than just exchanging gifts.

When I give a gift, I want it to mean something. I want whoever receives my gift to know that that gift made a difference in the world.

As my children got older, got married and had families of their own (families that are now growing up fast too!), they seemed to have everything they needed, which made buying gifts even harder.

So I started a new family gift-giving tradition. Instead of all the guessing what they might need, I “give” in their names, to those who need someone to make a difference in their life.

Have you considered this type of alternative gift giving? Did you know you can give this type of gift by donating to Spirit’s Mission? Every year, we are called upon to help animals with rescue, spay/neutering, vaccinations and other preventative health care. I know when I give to Spirit’s Mission, I am making a difference in an animal’s life. I am helping them to be safe. I am helping to give them the life they deserve.

And my family and friends love receiving the gift of knowing that, on their behalf, an animal’s life was saved.

Please consider helping an animal in your name, or someone else’s name, this Christmas. Any amount, however small, makes a difference. If you donate $20 or more, we will send you a tax deductible receipt. If you find it in your heart to give $50 or more, we will send you the tax deductible receipt and will also send a Certificate of Appreciation to the recipient you chose, with a handwritten note of thanks (acknowledging you as the gift giver) and a Pawsitive Links bracelet.

If you would like to make a tribute gift of $50 or more in honour of a loved one, for any occasion, please indicate the following information in the “Message for Spirit’s Mission” box on the CanadaHelps donation page:

  • Full name and address of recipient
  • Occasion for gift (Holidays, Birthday, Memoriam, etc)
  • Size of Pawsitive Links bracelet – available in 1/2 sizes from 6.5 (Child) to 9.5 inches

Donating to Spirit’s Mission means you are giving a gift that makes a difference. Let us take away the malls and line ups and do the mailing for you. It will help to ease some of the stress of the holidays for you, but also, you will have made a tangible difference in an animal’s life.

Seasons Greetings,

Joanne Caldwell
Spirit’s Mission Rescue Society

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