The Giving Season<< All Articles
It’s that time of year when the search for the perfect gift begins. I can always tell by the number of catalogs that hit my mailbox. As a mother and grandmother, I have my eye out for something special, a gift that has real meaning behind it. One that will bless my family. Looking back, I don’t remember the first time I saw the catalog from World Vision. As soon as I started flipping through the pages, I realized if I was looking for a meaningful gift, then it was right in front of me.
A sewing machine for a budding entrepreneur in a developing country.
A goat for a village.
A barnyard of chickens.
Educating a child for a year.
These were gifts that made a tremendous difference in the lives of those who have so much less than us. Rather than choose the gift on their behalf, I let my grandchildren sort through the catalog themselves and choose what they wanted to give.
This has become our tradition now. While my grandchildren will always find wrapped gifts under the tree, the one that means the most is the one they give to another in need.