Christmas Shopping Ideas

Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.  — 1 Timothy 4:12

One of the great blessings I have had in life is meeting some really cool kids of all ages in both my churches and my neighborhoods. Their ages span from as young as 3 to some who are in their early 20s, but there is one thing the all have in common — they care more about serving others than they do themselves.

As I think about Christmas and shopping, I have to admit that I dread the thought of how materialistic it has become.  I met a young lady at church today named Meredith (she is a senior in high school, helping out with the three year old preschool class at church).  Meredith reminded me a lot of Noah, a 7-year old who lived in one of my neighborhoods in Frisco.

Both of these kids are passionate about a cause that helps meet the needs of people who live worlds away from them.  So I thought since we are all in the mood of sharing for Christmas.  I would share their passions with you.

Meredith’s Cause – TOMS

Meredith is a campus representative for at her high school for TOMS.  The video below tells their story and you can do your shopping at:   TOMS Shoes

Noah’s Cause – Noah’s Mugs

Noah has taken the cause of providing clean water to those who need it into his own hands.  With the help of his parents (who are both pretty passionate about helping others, too), Noah has used his artistic talents and entrepreneurial spirit to create Noah’s Mugs, a small company that sells coffee mugs which are decorated with Noah’s artwork.  All of the proceeds from Noah’s Mugs go to help support charities that provide clean water to those who might not otherwise have access to it.

You can see more about Noah’s production facility below:

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