'Tis the Season to Give / by Eric Biddle

 Image from www.showhope.org

Image from www.showhope.org

Americans are in the giving mood!  Christmas always has a way of re-engaging us with our desire to live beyond ourselves.  It is usually this time of year, more than any other, that we are reminded of how blessed we are and how we hope to be a blessing to others as a result.  This spirit of giving, paired with the desire for individuals and businesses to make charitable contributions before the year’s end, make this time of year the season of giving.   

One of the major reasons I got into the business of Financial Planning was because I knew I could help make a difference in people’s lives as they moved toward having a proper relationship with money.  I wanted to encourage people to give, save, and spend wisely.  My hope was that marriages would improve, peace of mind would increase, anxiety would decrease, and people would be better prepared to walk in financial freedom.  I also was excited to get into the business because I hoped that I could make the world a better place for those in need by encouraging charitable giving.

In an effort to accomplish both of these goals, I’m going to list some charities that I believe are making a positive impact in our world and I encourage you, if you do not have other charities you are already giving to, to consider giving to one of these organizations that my wife and I have grown to care about:

Dots Tots Foundation - www.dotstots.org  Dot's Tots Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit established in 2012 to provide support to families offering foster care, children with debilitating disease, injury, and/or illness; and teenagers in their higher educational pursuits.

Show Hope - www.showhope.org Show Hope is a movement to care for orphans. They work to restore hope by breaking down the barriers that exist between waiting children and loving families.

Orphan World Relief - www.orphanworldrelief.org  Orphan World Relief was founded in 2008 after President, Doug Riggle, experienced first-hand the needs of homeless and orphaned children in Ukraine. Upon returning to the states, further research shed light on the global crisis and the millions of orphaned and at-risk children around the world. They purpose to inspire and connect passionate people who meet the real needs of kids around the world

Evangelical Friends Church - Eastern Region - www.efcer.org The Evangelical Friends Church organization has a single purpose: helping local churches meet the spiritual needs of the people in their communities. To this end, the World Outreach Center in Canton, Ohio, serves the 14,000 EFC-ER church members, working to fulfill Jesus' Great Commission to mobilize, equip, and send workers to spread the love of Jesus.

Vista Community Church - www.vistacommunitychurch.org  Vista Community Church is a local church with campuses in Dublin, Hilliard, and Worthington.  They are a movement of worshipful, relational, missional people living at the intersection of Jesus and real life.

The Bridge - www.thebridge.io  Located on the west side of Columbus, the bridge is partnering with those among us who most need help - the refugee and the homeless -
in ways that foster healing, dignity, community, and peace.

Preemptive Love Coalition - www.preemptivelove.org  Preemptive Love Coalition believes that every day, you make choices that either sustain conflict or transform it.  In the face of terror, you can confront fear with preemptive love and remake the world.  They are serving in conflict-zones to bring emergency relief and opportunity to those in need.