Being a mom is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it has brought me so much joy! I want to encourage other moms on their journey, I'll share motherhood tricks, spotlight tips I've learned from friends, and I hope you will share your ideas. I will focus on secrets that help families stay balanced, healthy, frugal, creative, and closely knit. I will also share favorite fiction and nonfiction books that I have enjoyed. Many blessings to you on your mothering journey!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Alternative Gift ideas

If you're looking for Alternative Gift ideas for this Christmas, here are some great programs that are participating in the Hope for Nashville Holiday Gift Catalog. If you buy a gift, you will receive a lovely card to give to the recipient of your choice. I have known and respected all of these organizations for a long time - they are very worthy and responsible groups! Click on the links to learn more about the organizations.

Preston Taylor Ministries:
$20 – healthy snacks for 60 students
$50 – a day of reading instruction for 15 students

Barefoot Republic Camp:
$20 – Programming supplies for monthly Youth Advisory Board Meetings
$50 – Gift to the scholarship fund to send a student to camp

The Next Door:
$20 – Gift cards for women in program to help provide a Christmas dinner for her family
$50 – A special just for you bag for a woman in the Next Door program

InterFACE Ministries:
$20 – Buy a soccer jersey for International Soccer Outreach
$50 – To purchase a digital camera for the ministry

Young Life:
$20 – Campership for a YL student to go to camp
$50 - Campership for a YL student to go to camp

Daystar Counseling Ministries:
$20 – To help a child on a sliding scale go to group counseling
$50 - To help a family on sliding scale go to individual counseling

Siloam Family Health Center:
$20 – Buys a Bible in another language for their diverse patient population
$50 - Buys one month’s worth of diabetic supplies, including a glucometer and 50 glucose test strips

Men of Valor Prison Ministry:
$20 – Gift cards for men in their program just out of prison
$50 – Gift cards for men in their program just out of prison

Hope Clinic for Women:
$20 – Provides diapers and wipes for a new mom earning points through education in our BRIDGE program. BRIDGE stands for: Building Relationships with Individuals & Directing them towards Gaining Education
$50 – Gift cards for residents at their homes for moms and babies.

Charis Ministries:
$20 – Provides 10 Bibles (OT/NT) for each box of food.
$50 – Provides food for 1 large box of food for a family, including a Bible.

For more information about the gift catalog, email Mikkee at

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Blogger Jennie said...

Great post, A. We do charitable giving in lieu of cousin gifts. But how fun to put something specific like "fed 50 people in Myanmar for a week," etc. on a gift card.

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Samaritan's Purse also has a Christmas gift catalog. Check it out at:

10:04 PM  
Blogger MommySecrets said...

I LOVED reading through the Samaritan's Purse Gift Catalog last year. It was very nicely done with great gift ideas!

3:01 PM  

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