I was all set to write a post about ‘Great Gifts for Foodies’. I’d done the research and had some fun suggestions beyond the usual books and gift hampers. I may publish that post at a later date but today I decided to write about something that’s a lot more critical and urgent.
Today I re-watched the recent Australian Story about the siege in Madaya, Syria. It was utterly heartbreaking the first time I watched it. Still, I watched it again to serve as a kind of witness to what is happening to people in this terrible civil war. Every time I see a piece about Syria, I feel it keenly, having visited several years ago. I know the souk where I once slept in Aleppo has been bombed out of existence. I know the famed ruins of Palmyra have been destroyed. I know the border where we caught an ‘international taxi’ into Turkey is now home to thousands of refugees, desperate to get across the border to relative safety. Winter is already biting in Syria. People are starving and freezing. There is no escape, no joy for them.
So, instead of a list of gifts for the foodie in your life, I have decided to go a different route. I’m not asking you not to buy gifts. Most people enjoy the ritual of gift giving and quite frankly, you can never have too many wooden spoons for your collection.
What I’m asking you to do is donate part of your Christmas spending
to a humanitarian organisation on the ground in Syria
- Spend 10% less on gifts and donate that amount – If you spend $30 per head on gifts and buy 10 gifts, this means donating $30 and spending $27 on each gift. $3 will make absolutely no difference to 1 person’s gift but $30 can help fund necessities for those in Syria.
- Buy 1 less gift – agree with someone you exchange gifts with, not to buy a gift and instead, donate the money to an aid agency.
- Buy no gifts and donate all of the money you would have spent on gifts to those who truly need it.
- Make 1 less dish for the Christmas table – no one if going to miss that dish. You’ll have more food than you can possibly eat. Donate the money you would have spent on that dish for supplies that could stop malnutrition.
Don’t be slack. Don’t think you can’t make a difference (Trump, Trump, Trump…) DONATE NOW
I don’t want to cramp your Christmas cheer. I just want you to open your hearts a little to people who, through no fault of their own, have ended up stranded in the middle of a horrific civil war. Like these two…
Here are some links to the recent stories that compelled me to write this post. Please note that they contain some distressing images and content.