Best gift

Posted 12/5/19

The shopping ... er … Christmas season ... is here.

It is loads of fun to pick out special gifts for loved ones in anticipation of the holidays ahead.

While you are out and about selecting those gifts, here are a few suggestions to make your dollars do some good where they are needed most.

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Best gift

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The shopping ... er … Christmas season ... is here.

It is loads of fun to pick out special gifts for loved ones in anticipation of the holidays ahead.

While you are out and about selecting those gifts, here are a few suggestions to make your dollars do some good where they are needed most.

• Skip Amazon. Shop local whenever possible. Buying locally-made and locally-sold products keeps more of your greenbacks within your local community, helping your neighbors and your community's tax base that needs the revenue for roads, programs and staff. Even shopping directly from the local Walmart or other chain store means you are at least helping support the paychecks of local staff.

• Give a gift to a child who really needs one. More than 500 kids around the county could use some help and support around the holidays. They've written out their wish lists on angels hung on a tree at the main Communities Against Violence office, 945 Salazar Road. Choose an angel and then bring the gifts in by Dec. 13.

• Donate to a local nonprofit in honor of a loved one or friend. Send them a card noting which organization you donated to. Taos has a ton of nonprofits helping homeless people, neglected animals, cancer patients, struggling families and education. Your donation will help these organizations continue to provide essential services to local people.

• Make your dollars do double duty and have fun at the same time. Shop for gifts or unusual items in which to package gifts at a local thrift store that benefits an organization such as the CAV thrift store, Habitat for Humanity Restore, and as of this weekend, ReTails resale shop, which benefits Stray Hearts Animal Shelter. These resale shops often have treasures waiting to be found at a good price. All the profits go to supporting the nonprofits.

• Donate a bag of groceries in honor of someone to one of the food banks at St. James Episcopal or First Presbyterian Church in Taos.

The reason for the season is all about giving.

Consider helping those who most need it during Christmas.

And enjoy Happy Holidays!

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