Holiday giving ideas you might not have considered

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by Megan Trent
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (November 28, 2014) – There are a lot of places and ways to donate this Christmas, but Grace Chuch in Noblesville has come up with a list of several organizations you might not typically consider during the holidays.
“Our Giving Guide is one of our great traditions at Grace. We’ve been doing this for about the last seven years or so,” says Keith Carlson, Pastor of Outreach and Care at Grace Church.
The Giving Guide includes a profile of 37 organizations that work on the local, state, national and global levels. Carlson says it provides people with an opportunity to donate to causes they are passionate about.
“The cool thing about it is, they can look through the Giving Guide and no matter what their passon is, there’s probably something in there that they can find that will connect with what they’re interested in. So you could have a family of five literally giving to five different organizations or more,” he says.
Carlson says the donation options include organizations that address human trafficking in Cambodia, help disabled children in Ukraine, prevent genocide in Africa, provide aid to orphanages in Central America, help homeless youth right here in Indianapolis and more.
“These are organizations that we’ve been in partnership with for a long time. We’ve been on the ground with them. We know the people. We know the leaders,” says Carlson. “So we trust them.”
He says that 100% of the money donated goes directly to the organizations. It doesn’t go to the church unless the person wants it to be donated there.
Someone can, however, choose to donate to Grace Center Food Pantry, which operates out of Grace Church on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings and serves about 400 people each week. Carlson says monetary, food and volunteer donations are always welcome.
“We need about 250 volunteers a week for the food pantry, just to make this happen,” he says.
You can also choose to adopt a family through Grace Church. Donations are put on a gift card for the families to use this holiday season.
Donations are accepted online or by check. Go to gracechurchin.org to find a digital copy of the Giving Guide. You can also pick up a physical copy at Grace Church at 5504 E 146th Street in Noblesville.

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