Dear Mountain Mama,

What do I buy the outdoorsy people on my Christmas list? My brother-in-law has six boats, five bikes, four pairs of skis, three backpacks, two tents, and one oar raft. I don’t want to show up empty handed, but the guy has everything.

Thanks,
Santa’s Elf

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Dear Santa’s Elf,

This holiday season, consider the gift of giving and making a donation toward a worthy cause on behalf of that special outdoorsy person in your life. The options of worthy non-profits are endless, but here four worthy causes that work to preserve our natural playgrounds.

1. American Whitewater advocates for the preservation and protection of whitewater rivers throughout the U.S. To donate, go to https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Membership/donate/.

2. Appalachian Trail Conservancy maintains the iconic U.S. trail for generations to come and the accept donations on their website at http://www.appalachiantrail.org/.

3. Chesapeake Bay Foundation works to save the bay through education, advocacy, litigation, and restoration programs. The CBF website accepts donation; http://www.cbf.org/.

4. Appalachian Voices promotes work to protect the land, air, and water of central and southern Appalachia. Appalachian Voices also accepts donations at their website http://appvoices.org/.

The Christmas spirit goes deeper than hot toddies and brightly wrapped packages. Instead of buying into all the commercial hype, celebrate your ability to make the world a better place.

Cheers!

Mountain Mama