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Quinn on Nutrition: Nourishing gifts for those who need them

December 8, 2014

If you enjoyed Thanksgiving leftovers instead of great shopping deals last week, good for you. How fortunate we are to have food…left over…to eat when we feel hungry. Many in our world are not so fortunate. And that makes these Christmas gift ideas a great deal for givers and receivers alike:

Life Saving Food. Victims of drought, disaster, war, and other calamities around the world are in urgent need of food, according to Samaritan’s Purse — a non-profit organization that provides food and medical services worldwide. A $35 gift can provide food to sustain a family for an entire month. By the way, the first Americans to survive ebola — Dr. Kent Brantly and co-worker Nancy Writebol — work in the medical arm of this organization. http://samaritanspurse.org

Clean water. Every 21 seconds a child dies from lack of clean water, according to Clear Rounds for Clean Water — a non-profit organization whose one objective is to raise awareness and funds for clean, safe water initiatives around the world. All (100%) of donations go to acquire, clean or store clean water, according to founder JoJo White http://white.cleanroundsforclearwater.org .

Holiday Food. According to the Salvation Army, those familiar red kettles got their start in San Francisco in 1891. Captain Joseph McFee wanted to provide a free Christmas dinner to hungry and poverty-stricken individuals in San Francisco. As he pondered how to fund this project, he remembered his days as a sailor in Liverpool, England. When boats came in, there was a large, iron kettle called "Simpson’s Pot" into which passers-by tossed a coin or two to help the poor.

So Captain McFee placed a similar pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing at the foot of Market Street. Beside the pot, he placed a sign that read, "Keep the Pot Boiling." He soon had the money to feed the city’s needy people at Christmas. His idea spread from California to Boston and across the world. Today donations collected in Salvation Army kettles help feed more than 4.5 million people. http://salvationarmyusa.org

Health. Adequate food and clean water not only help a child survive, but help him grow and learn, says Vision Trust International. This agency provides nutrition, medical and spiritual support for at-risk children around the world. Check out their gift catalog for ideas—from chickens to clean well water. http://visiontrust.org .

No door buster sales. But these gifts are offered in a variety of price ranges to fit any budget. And best of all, they are guaranteed to make the receivers very very happy…with a healthy dose of Christmas spirit left over

 

 





 


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