You can ignore this post and I won’t feel bad. This list is for people who have a little extra this year and want to help someone out but don’t know where to start. I’ve helped with each of these one way or another. If you were going to get me something, don’t. Help with one of these projects.
1. Help Glenda Watson Hyatt serve dinner in Vancouver. For the third year, Glenda is raising money to help people in her community have dinner at the Union Gospel Mission. She and Darrell wouldn’t be able to fit many people at their table, but last year we all served $160 people through Glenda’s invitation. (Here’s Glenda’s request.) $3.29 a meal.
2. Help Megin Hatch feed kids at an orphanage in Ethiopia. This year, Meg went to Elolam and fell in love. (I once wrote about her doing something.) She’s raising money to send to the orphanage to buy food. (Here’s the Elolam project). (.10 for an egg. $60 for a month of salary for a staff member).
3. Learn more about homelessness and help Mark Horvath. Open Our Eyes is a collection of essays by homeless people and their friends. The proceeds from the book help Mark, buying through this link helps my friend Ed, and reading the words will change you. (9.99 per copy).
4. Learn about falling off a roof and finding God. That’s what Rich Dixon writes about in Relentless Grace. Rich fell off a roof, broke a bunch of things, and then, from a wheelchair taught school and rides bike and listens. (8.95 a copy, that’s 40% off.)
5. Help kids studying to serve God. The Alma Swanson Memorial Scholarship fund is at a little church in Cambridge, Minnesota (North Isanti Baptist Church). She attended there for awhile and her funeral was there in 1970. It’s in memory of my grandmother who worked as a cook at a college for years. And cared about people. The scholarship goes to kids from that church who are wanting to spend their lives for God. (No online giving, just a link to the church for an address.)
Disclosure: I receive nothing from any of these links. Okay, that’s not true. I don’t receive any money or other material compensation. I just know I’m helping people doing things that matter. If that’s a problem, I’ll pay that fine.