Considerate Gift Giving

5 Dec

December is here and 2013 is right around the corner!  This month we will revisit December’s theme of consumer habits.  Check back to 2010 and 2011 for posts about re-gifting, environmental benefits of fair trade, living more with less, reducing waste in the Christmas season, and much more.

This week we wanted to highlight alternative gift giving for any of you who are looking for fair trade, zero waste, ethical, alternative, make-a-difference type of gifts – good news there is something for everyone!

Check out Ten Thousand Villages for fairly traded gift items in store OR consider their Living Gifts campaign and choose from these amazing options:

  • GIVE TRAINING
  • GIVE AN EDUCATION
  • GIVE TREES
  • GIVE A SHEEP
  • GIVE A FARMYARD

Here’s the write up behind giving trees…

TTV Living Gifts

TTV Living Gifts

In Haiti’s Dezam region, trees are vital to life, providing fruit for healthy diets, protection from erosion and a source of income. Recently, however, a combined lack of awareness and an increased need for income have resulted in deforestation of the region. MCC’s tree planting program provides not only trees but also the instructional materials and professional support to help teachers in 15 schools teach students how to care for seedlings and improve the soil. Teachers work with students to create small tree nurseries, transplant seedlings near students’ homes, grow plots of trees near schools and organize trash cleanup days. “My family grows trees so we can pay for school and other things,” says 13-year-old Beethovens Jerôme. “Now I know to plant ten trees for every one we have to cut down.”Your gift of hope plants trees and educates students about the important role they play in protecting Haiti’s fragile environment.

$20 plant a seed for the future
Provides trees and environmental education to ensure a greener future for Haiti.

If you’re looking for a gift that offers a shared experience consider MCC’s Christmas Giving Catalogue which offers lots of alternative gift options as well as instructions for packing kits.  All you need to do is collect the contents from a list, assemble them together and bring them to a local MCC office to get sent to out to where they are needed most!

Kits for Christmas

Collect the contents and assemble. A fun activity for families, congregations, classrooms or offices. These kits provide people with basic necessities such as towels, bar soap, toothbrushes, towels and bandages in times of need.

MCC urgently needs

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