We’ve all heard of the shopping frenzy of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday.” November 29 is Giving Tuesday, an opportunity for us to give back and to give thanks. This year we join the global celebration of generosity.
Many of us have been incredibly fortunate to never have to experience some of the difficulties of the world – going hungry or not having access to clean drinking water.
Through our generosity and support, we can see how people’s lives are touched by the gospel, how their lives are transformed and renewed, and how their communities live in hope.
Choose your gift:
- Backpack– stock a backpack with food – $10 per backpack
- More than 30 million children in the U.S. depend on school meal programs to keep them full and focused each weekday. But on weekends, many students have no choice but to go hungry.
- Soup Kitchen– warm meals at a soup kitchen – $20 feeds 10 people
- Millions of people in the U.S. struggle to get enough to eat. Whether people are looking for a refuge from the streets or a little extra help to get by, a warm meal and a seat at the table can go a long way. [$100 feeds 50 people]
- Food for a Child– feed a child orphaned by HIV and AIDS – $21 feeds a child for a month
- Nutritious food is an important part of caring for children who have lost one or both parents to HIV and AIDS, many of whom are HIV-positive themselves. [$250 feeds a child for a year]
- Cook Stove– energy saving – $50
- Help a cook shave hours off their to-do list. Finding fuel for cooking is no easy task. People endure long walks to gather firewood. And what’s more, the destruction of trees leads to deforestation and burning wood in the home exposes a family to deadly fumes. Energy-saving cook stoves get the job done with half as much wood, providing dozens of timesaving, environmental, and health benefits. [$500 for each Biogas stove– uses clean, renewable energy]
- Food for a Refugee Family– $50 feeds a refugee family for a week
- For the first time in the post-World War II era, the number of refugees exceeds 50 million people worldwide. After a long and dangerous journey to safety, food and water are critical to help families recover their strength and prepare for a fresh start. [$200 feeds a refugee family for a month]
- Community Vegetable Garden– $200
- Start with a common plot of land and good soil, add drought-resistant seeds and top it off with tools and training. The result? Plenty of peas, carrots, cabbage, beans, cassava, and other vegetables to go around. Extra produce can be sold and the profits shared by the members of the cooperative to provide a great combination of food and income.
Ways to Give:
- Write your check to “TX-LA Gulf Coast Synod” with “Giving Tuesday” written in the memo line. Mail it to the synod office.
- Send a text to 738.2165 with the amount you would like to contribute. Make sure to include the dollar sign ($) before the amount. Example: $25. Within a few minutes, you’ll be sent a text with a link to register. Click on that link and enter your cardholder name and credit/debit card information. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, simply send a text with the amount you wish to give, and it will process automatically.