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6 Priceless Gifts You Can Afford

By on December 15, 2014

Every year it’s the same dilemma around the holiday season. What gift can I buy that will light up the eyes of that special person? When it comes to your co-workers, friends, or a loved one, you don’t want to give a gift that begs for a return receipt. Here are six priceless gifts that you cannot get at the mall.

The Gift of Life.  Organ donation is a personal choice and never should be entered lightly. But there is no denial that deciding to donate an organ upon death for another will extend the life and/or quality of life for potentially dozens of individuals and families.

Blood/Blood Plasma. You can donate every 28 days, up to 13 times per  year. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS for additional information or to schedule an appointment at a select American Red Cross Blood Donation Center near you.

Mentor. Consider spending time with a young person in a single-parent household or in foster care. The gift of consistent guidance and support is priceless. Mentor a child today.

Tutor. Public education is not what it used to be so share your knowledge with kids who want to get ahead. Research proves that caring volunteers working with students of all ages, have the power to help kids boost academic achievement and put young people on track for a bright future.

Target a Donation. Consider giving a financial, food, or clothing donation to a specific community, housing project, half-way house, or individual. Often large charities have overhead costs to consider, so make your gift go further by giving to the source. You will feel better and know exactly who you helped.

 Support Nursing Home Activity. It’s inexpensive to recruit friends for a few hours to visit and help decorate a local nursing home to put on a talent show. Or if another charity already makes home care visits, offer to pay for snacks for those volunteers. Help those who are already helping others. 

During the holiday season there will be plenty of opportunities to help the less fortunate and share a blessing. But remember after the season, there will still be many, many opportunities when people are not always thinking about giving. Think about what you can contribute comfortably throughout the year and you will make someone very happy.