Every family deserves a safe and comfortable home, but not every family is in a position to get there. Habitat for Humanity is an incredible organisation that works with families in need to help them achieve the dream of home ownership and a safe place to raise their children. Habitat families contribute volunteer hours to the organisation, and they purchase their home from Habitat with an interest-free mortgage. Payments are geared to their ability to pay. I love that this sets them up for establishing a credit rating without over reaching their resources.
I've volunteered on two Women Builds so far, and the Teen has just started volunteering at a Habitat ReStore. I am super proud of him!! Proceeds from the ReStore cover all administrative costs of the organisation, so all fundraising goes directly to building homes and hope!
This holiday season, or at any time of the year, you can make a contribution to Habitat through their Habitat Gifts from the Heart program. You pick an item from their catalogue at the price point that works for you. You will receive a tax receipt for your donation, and your gift recipient will receive a card (electronic is the default, but you can request a physical card) letting them know you have purchased the gift in their honour.
From $20 for a measuring tape with level to $10,000 for a foundation, there are many options for every budget. Higher priced items/donations come with multiple gift recipient cards. These would be great as corporate gifts - your company could finance the roof for a Habitat home ($5000) and let employees know of the gift in their name.
Do you have a gardening enthusiast on your list? For $500 you can purchase the shrubs, sod, and flowers to finish a backyard.
For $100 you can gift a pair of steel-toed boots to help outfit Habitat volunteers.
My personal favourite - the "hard hats for soft hearts" are $25 each.
Or help keep a family safe with the purchase of a CO Alarm & Smoke Detector, with the Safe and Sound package at $60.
There really are so many options from which to choose, and you know your gift will be helping other families, while letting your recipient know you are thinking about them at this special time of year.