Alternative Christmas Gifts

Looking for alternative Christmas gifts? Consider donating to a charity in the name of the person you are gifting. Here are some suggestions with CSJ connections:

Gulu Water with Blessings Project: Buy a water filter for the people of Gulu. Sisters Patty Clune and Pat Murphy instruct the women of Gulu how to use the filters, which have significantly decreased water-borne diseases. Price: $60 per filter. Donate online via our website and make a note in the comments. 

Gulu Pre-natal Vitamins: Sister JoAnn Geary distributes these to expectant mothers who come to the newly-built Maternity Clinic in Gulu. Their use has significantly increased birth weights and the health of newborns. Price: $10 per bottle of vitamins. Donate online via our website and make a note in the comments. 

English Tutoring Project: Purchase a bilingual book for children in the English Tutoring Project (ETP), St. Louis. This enables them to read with their parents. The ETP, grounded in Catholic tradition and social teachings, provides on-site assistance to children from refugee and immigrant families to acquire English language skills in an environment where all children experience respect for themselves and their culture. ETP is an initiative of the St. Louis Area Women Ministries Religious Collaborative. Price: Starts at $5. Go to:

Earthlinks: An innovative, urban nonprofit in Denver, Colorado, Earthlinks provides a work program for people who are homeless and low-income to learn skills and create Earth-friendly products that sustain people and the planet. Go to: 

M.I.C.A. Project: The Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project handles a wide variety of cases, including family immigration, naturalization, removal defense, and asylum and refugee issues. Associate Jessica Mayo is one of the founders. In 2015, M.I.C.A. lawyers worked with over 350 clients. Clients are charged on an affordable sliding scale. Price: $60 pays for the translation of documents; allowing for the lawyers to file the case more quickly. Or donate any amount monthly for one year. Go to:

Micro-Financing Partners in Africa: Housed in the former carriage house on the motherhouse property, MPA offers a hand up from poverty to possibility for Africa’s people through living loans for individual income projects, animal income projects, group projects and learning projects that build economic capacity Price: $75 Supports a business loan for a woman; $50 funds a bakery business project; $30 buys a school uniform at the Vocational school. Go to:  

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet: And, of course, donate directly to the CSJs to support our mission and ministries. 

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