Monday, December 6, 2010

Brilliant Holiday Gift Ideas!

Stumped for ideas for holiday gifts  - I have the perfect solution!

I recommend that you give a generous holiday gift to one or more of the below organizations in honor of family and/or friends. I did and it felt GREAT!

The Arc of the Capital Area provides critical services for children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities (autism, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome). One of their programs is Arc of the Arts, in which their clients create amazing works of art. Click here to check out the really cool stuff they are selling that would also make super holiday gifts. Click here to make a donation.

Austin Community Steelband teaches  "at promise" kids to play Steelpan to instill self-esteem and to preserve the cultural music of Trinidad. Need some special music for an event? These kids and their music will fill your heart with joy! This is a "shoe-string" organization that really needs your help. Click here to make a donation.

El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission provides medical, human and education services to working-poor Latinos in south Austin. Their comprehensive services help primarily immigrant families integrate well into our community. Click here to make a donation.

Catholic Charities of Central Texas provides health, human services and social justice advocacy in a 25 county area. I particularly like their vision of "a more just and caring society." Check them ouT and then Click Here to make a donation.

The Center for Child Protection provides protective and healing services for children who are suspected victims of sexual and physical abuse, and children who have witnessed a violent crime. Click here to make a donation.

Sustainable Food Center envisions a food secure community where all children and adults grow, share and prepare healthy, local food. These are the folks that do the Farmers' Markets, but they do much, much more. They are cultivating generations of healthy kids in Austin, and that is important. Click here to make a donation.

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