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This year our family tried something different. In lieu of Christmas presents, family members each chose a charitable organization to which to donate his or her saved Christmas funds. Interestingly, we all, including our 20-something sons, chose organizations that serve children in some capacity. We had a great time Christmas morning sharing thoughts about the charities we chose.
My husband and I recently read the book “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin and were inspired to give to the Central Asia Institute, the organization which grew out of the efforts of the book’s protagonist. Greg Mortenson, a true hero, to us and I’m sure every reader of the popular book, built (and continues to build) schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan on a very small budget and under unbelievably trying circumstances - truly promoting peace through education. Not to spoil the “read” for you, I can only say that I have rarely been so profoundly moved as I was by this amazing and beautiful true story of a courageous man and the humble, selfless people who helped him. My heart continues to be full with its message.
'Hope you like it as much as I did!