You can help support human rights and care for the environment by remembering these tips: buy fair trade whenever possible, when store shopping support local businesses, recycle wrapping paper or better yet use old newspapers or self-decorated paper bags instead, make a present yourself instead of buying something from the store, consider as a present giving your time and talents to help out a friend or family member (coupon book), etc., or donate to a charity that works to uplift human rights and/or protect the environment in honor of your friend or family member.
Did you know you can support the Congregation this Christmas while shopping online at Amazon.com for presents? You can, through Amazon Smile! It works just like the regular Amazon, but by going through http://smile.amazon.com/ first, and searching for “Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word” and selecting that as your charity. Then, from every purchase you make on Amazon .5% will be donated back to the Congregation.
We also encourage you to consider giving an alternative Christmas gift this year through Women’s Global Connection (WGC). This year, WGC invites you to do something different when thinking about what to give that person who already has it all. Give more than a gift to one person; give to better a family’s daily lives and change the future for people in places such as Tanzania and Peru. WGC’s Alternative Program is a way to transform the lives of others in the name of your loved ones. You can help alleviate poverty by supporting access to clean water, funding education, or building family businesses. See what your donation in the name of a loved one could do at http://www.womensglobalconnection.org/
Have a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Congregational JPIC Office!
Go into all the world,
and preach the gospel
to every creature.