FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Helping the Helpers

December 5, 2011 at 1:26 am Leave a comment

A Different Kind of Christmas List

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We don’t always agree with everything New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof writes, but we’re pretty sure there aren’t many other columnists who write so well about the fight for social and economic justice around the world.

His most recent column poses an interesting alternative to the formerly quaint, but now frustrating and increasingly unpleasant rite of shopping for Christmas presents. Why not give the money you’d spend on presents that will wind up gathering dust in somebody’s closet or being returned on Dec. 26 to someone who really needs it? He suggests contributing in someone’s name to a deserving charity — especially the ones that help women and children in the poorest parts of the world.

Since one of the things we write about here at 4GWAR — but not enough — is the issue of international aid and humanitarian assistance, we think Kristoff’s suggestions are worth a look. Let us know if you agree or have a better suggestion by emailing us at:

4gwarblog@gmail.com

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