Is is worth paying a 75% mark up on food instead of donating that money to someone who needs it? We decided, no.

December 23, 2011

Best Christmas Ever

It just didn't feel like Christmas.  I kept telling myself that it was because there was no snow on the ground.  On Monday night we had a family meeting and officially 'ended' our official experiment for this year.  Our grand total was (drum roll please.........................................................) $365.00!!!!  I had opened up a separate checking account for this and that was our balance!
So we had a nice long chat and decided on the following:

$200.00 went to Heifer International.  I have researched this charity and they have my full confidence.  It is the 'teach a man to fish' concept and the kids are really excited about it:
$60.00 for a trio of rabbits (

$100.00 was used for local Christmas charity

$20.00 went to Community Action (local food bank) - did you know that the food bank can turn $1 into $3 worth of food and donations?  It is nice to give food, but money goes further...

$65.00 went to the Central Asia Institute (  I absolutely love this organisation.  Sawyer had just checked out a book from the library about the war in Afghanistan so the need for real education and equality for women over there was a topic we had just been discussing.  

Suddenly it really feels like Christmas and I love it.  I feel like my heart is just bursting with gratitude and I know that 'Christmas spirit' is really the love of our Heavenly Father that we can feel as we help take care of His children.

We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a meaningful new year.  It will be tough for us to beat this year but we will sure try!


AndyPandyJackaDandy said...

Way to go, Valentines! I have been thinking the same thing about needing more Christmas Spirit--to see how many places your money went is very eye-opening and inspiring. Keep up the good work!

Tom said...

What about The Human Fund? (Google it)

Ashley and Aaron said...

Wahoo! Congrats on making it through. You are inspiring!

Mama H said...

I am so proud of you and your family. You are a good example to all of us: thank you for sharing your experiment!