Christmas · Giving · Money

The White Envelope

Have you heard of the White Envelope Project before? This is based on a true story and is sure to warm your heart! I had read about it a couple of years ago and thought it was such a wonderful idea, that I surprised my Hubby with a White Envelope in our Christmas tree.

The Story of the White Envelope -

For the Man Who Hated Christmas

by Nancy W. Gavin

Editor’s Note: This true story was originally published in the December 14, 1982 issue of Woman’s Day magazine. It was the first place winner out of thousands of entries in the magazine’s “My Most Moving Holiday Tradition” contest in which readers were asked to share their favorite holiday tradition and the story behind it. The story inspired a family from Atlanta, Georgia to start The White Envelope Project and Giving101, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating youth about the importance of giving.

This family started with an opposing wrestling team in need of uniforms and gear. Look for local projects that help kids in some way, the food bank, adopt a family, maybe an elderly couple in need of help with winter heating and food. If you can’t think of someone locally, there are many worthwhile charities advertised on television all the time that you can easily pick one for your family to support that you can set up small monthly donations. I chose Wounded Warriors for my husband. Shriners and St. Jude Hospital are both for kids and are always seeking donations to continue their work providing healthcare to children free of charge. Susan G Komen supports those affected by breast cancer.

I discovered the site Charity Navigator and they have a lot of good information on donating and charities, if you would like to explore other charities.


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