Q: What do you give to someone who has everything?
A: Someone who has very little.
“Alternative giving” is not a new concept, but it is definitely one whose time has come because times are bad. High numbers of unemployed and homeless, decreased government and corporate funding, and financial uncertainty have hit hardest those agencies which serve the needy and marginalized.
As deacons, we serve to bring the church and a troubled world together, so we are offering this list – locally and online – with the hope that your gift giving can be refocused to where there is need. We ask that you consider gifts which honor your intended recipients by serving others in their need.
“For God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
The Deacon’s List
- Episcopal Relief & Development – “Gifts for Life” – catalog is online at: www.er-d.org. Gifts are as varied as mosquito nets in Africa, bee hives, mobile health clinics and disaster relief kits. ERD is known for its cost efficiency and relief efforts.
- Heifer International – “Passing on the Gift” - since 1944 its programs have reinvigorated communities through livestock and training in agriculture, and education for women and children. A great project for group sponsorship. www.heifer.org/gift. 1-800-422-0755. Order before Dec. 4th.
- World Vision – “Seeds of Joy” – provides seeds, tools, training, and aid to hungry families. 1-866-268-9435.http://SeedsOfJoy.worldvision.org.
- St. John’s Community Success Center – offers a homework center, field trips, and a safe, drug-free resource center – plus fun!! Volunteers welcome. Need craft supplies, games, wages for its single paid Safe Space employee, and funds for community projects; food cards for Stater Bros., Vons, Ralph’s; ideas for community service projects for young people. Use email: Linda_h_ Pederson@yahoo.com. (note the underlines before and after the h). St. John’s Community Success Center, 1407 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, CA, 92405, 909-889-1195.
- The Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos Family Services program – food pantry for families of deployed and unemployed military reservists. Can really use gift cards for area groceries. Joint Forces Training Base, Bldg. 244, 11206 Lexington Dr., Los Alamitos, CA, 90720. Checks can be made out to – The Calif. Army National Guard Family Readiness Program. Info: Deacon Steve Sterry, 323-482-6582.
- The Jubilee Consortium – Health promotion and youth leadership development in urban, underserved communities. Seehttp://jubileeconsortium.org/. A donation button is on the website.
- One Man, One Mission…Life Without Limits Program http://1man1mission.org/projects/index.php. Documentary re: project is onwww.1man1mission.org. Bonner, son of Deacon Andrea Paddock, was born with cerebral palsy, but certainly has his mother’s stock of energy . He is currently working to build centers in Tanzania and Orange County for kids with disabilities such as autism, downs syndrome and CP. Checks to the OM Foundation may be sent to: Bonner Paddock, 2 Firenze Court, Newport Coast, CA, 92657.
- Best Friends Animal Society – www.bestfriends.org. A non-profit organization to build no-kill programs, maintain a sanctuary in Utah, work for animal care and community programs, and aim for No More Homeless Pets. 5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab, UT, 84741. 435-644-2001.