I’m getting excited about all the Christmas goodies I’ll be eating in the next couple weeks. For Chanukah, Dan got his turn to eat greasy Latkes. For Christmas, my Dutch roots take over, and I crave Oliebollen (Christmas doughnut balls), Speculaas (spice cookies), and almond sticks.
With all this food on my mind, it’s a good time to think about giving the gift of food to others who need it a lot more than I do.
Even if you don’t have a lot of extra holiday spending money, chances are you have some unused can goods in your cupboards, just waiting to be donated to a needy family. Most cities have a food bank, and the Second Harvest site can help you locate your local one. Christian rescue missions also provide food to the needy in your hometowns (click here for a great nationwide list). They are often seeking food donations as well as assistance in serving and preparing meals.
There are many organizations devoted to feeding the hungry across the globe. I just want to highlight a couple of them that have unique approaches to helping the problem.
Franklin Graham’s organization, Samaritin’s Purse, offers a way for you to provide food for a hungry baby, somewhere in an impoverished nation (click here for the form). There’s also a way to assist with transportation costs, to get food donations to locations across the globe (click here for the form).
If you have a heart for the starving people in Africa, World Vision allows you to allocate funds for this specific area of the world (click here for the form).
World Vision has also set up a way for you to donate fishing tackle online (click here to visit the site). I’m particularly fond of this idea. Being a fisherwoman, I like knowing that I can buy fishing supplies for hungry people around the globe. You know the old saying: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”