Keeping It Local

Got this in an email this week and thought I’d pass it along!  Make sure you head to Post 2 for Tex Mex Brats and Beans.

~T

Christmas 2011 — Birth of a New Tradition

Some thoughts on gifts…..

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods — Merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!

It’s time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper? Everyone — yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamin’s on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants — all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn’t about big National chains — this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of lights, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

  You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.

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The Gift that Keeps on Giving….

  We don’t do a huge shopping extravaganza, for our extended families, for Christmas.  Most of our family functions include maybe a $5 gift grab, but there are a few immediate family members that we buy gifts for each year.  And, as we wrack our brains year after year, as to what in the world they could need or want, we just kept thinking, there has got to be a better way to go about this. 

And then, THIS came in the mail…

  Perfect! 

  Here are some of the things in the catalog:

You can feed a hungry baby for a week for a mere $9…

For $15 or under, you can….

Purchase life-saving mosquito nets for a child’s bed.  Or feed a child for a few weeks. Help a needy family by purchasing chickens for them, or a months worth of milk for $16.

  For $35 you can purchase food staples such as rice, corn, beans and cooking oil, to feed people around the world in their time of need…

  We plan to have our children sit down with us, go through the catalog, and help pick out gifts for the people on our list.

  Samaritan’s Purse sends us cards to give out, (or they will send a card to the person on your behalf) explaining the purchase made in their honor.  

  Now that, is a gift of eternal value, and the perfect answer for the person on your list, who seems to want for nothing!

  Go to  Samaritans Purse online, interactive catalog, and check it out!  You won’t be sorry.

Psalm 113:7   “He raises the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of the ash heap.”

~T