Have you grown tired of the materialism that abounds during the Christmas holidays? Perhaps you still want to play Santa for your little grandchildren, but you and your spouse have decided that you already own everything you want or need and that you'd like to focus on giving the gift of charity this Christmas. It might even be that you and your grown children have decided that you'll give each other a gift that is presented to somebody else in the form of a charity donation. From learning about the inspired workings of the Jon Gray Foundation to giving service right in your own area, here are some ideas that might help you to make this Christmas the most meaningful one you have ever experienced.
The Jon Gray Foundation
Have you even ever heard of Jon Gray? If so, you probably also have heard of the foundation called The Jonathan Gray Family Foundation or The Gray Foundation. You may or may not know the inspiring story about this incredible couple's determination to help their little daughters who were diagnosed with Batten disease. You may already know that, like many other philanthropists in history, Jon and Mindy have used their billions of dollars to establish the study of gene therapy that might show signs of hope for a cure for Batten disease. Even though you might not have extreme wealth, consider making donations to something like cancer research or to research for Alzheimer's disease.
Service In Your Area
It's obvious that you don't have to be billionaires like Jon and Mindy Gray to make a difference in people's lives. And, you don't even have to spend money to reach out in love. For example, consider finding out if there are people in nursing homes who will not be visited by friends and family members. Consider taking a little gift to those people and spending time with them, not just on Christmas Day, but as often as you can. If your children or grandchildren are joining you in giving charity, consider joining together to sing Christmas carols at an orphanage or at a nursing home. Another idea is to pack many lunch bags with things like sandwiches, cookies, a piece of fruit, and a bottle of water, and delivering the bags to homeless people. Think of tying a little Christmas ornament to the bag so those individuals will have a tiny touch of Christmas during the holidays.