Christmas for me has always been a time of family and providing for those who need a helping hand so with this in mind, might I suggest an alternative to gift giving this Christmas including any work/family Secret Santa gifts.
In my book, The Five Little RTO Pigs
, I write about being a M.A.D. RTO Pig or the Make A Difference RTO Pig which is really about how you and your team are bringing a bit of M.A.D.ness to others.
So rather than giving a materialistic gift to someone which they may only use a few times and probably don't really need, here are 11 M.A.D. gift ideas which will truly Make A Difference.11 M.A.D. Gift Ideas
$20 = Provide 3 meals a day to a person in need for up to two weeks
2. Dementia Australia Research Foundation
Dementia is the second leading cause of death of Australians, contributing to 5.4% of all deaths in males and 10.6% of all deaths in females each year.
3. St Vincent De Paul
$20 = present/non-perishable food under the Christmas Tree
4. Salvation Army
$20 = food package and present
5. Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal
$20 = up to 4 gifts to put under the tree
6. Oxfam Australia
$20 = chickens (from $10), seeds (from $10), water for a family (from $20)
7. The Smith Family
$52/month funds education support for a primary school child so join some Secret Santa gifts together.
8. Mummy's Wish
$22 provides a special book to help explain Mum's illness to kids
9. National Breast Cancer Foundation
$20 to fund research
10. McGrath Foundation
$20 donation will help McGrath Breast Care Nurses provide free support to patients and their families experiencing breast cancer. $70 provides the practical and emotional support of a McGrath Breast Care Nurse for a patient and their family.
$25 = help provide care for all creatures, great and small. This could include providing an unwanted dog with a bath, treats and an enrichment toy this Christmas.