A holiday message from Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard.
By Maggie Gyllenhaal
Every family celebrates the holiday season in a different way -- sometimes with traditions that go back generations, sometimes with traditions that are just a few years old.
Last year, my family and I started something new. Instead of just giving conventional holiday gifts, we made donations to Partners In Health in honor of our loved ones. We decided that these were the most meaningful gifts we could give, because they reach those most in need around the world with lifesaving care.
We'll be continuing the tradition this year by sending PIH holiday e-cards. Here's part of the message that my husband Peter and I are sending to our friends and our whole family this holiday season:
Over the past year, we have continued learning about PIH's work, and we are all the more compelled by their mission. This year we are giving in your honor again, because we can't think of a more meaningful way to show our appreciation of your presence in our lives. We have so much to be thankful for, and we are grateful for the opportunity to give back. Together, we can make a true difference in the lives of those less fortunate around the world.
We're asking others to join us in this new holiday tradition. Give a gift that gives twice: first, to show your appreciation for someone special in your life and, second, to help provide medical care to thousands of people in need.
Maggie Gyllenhaal is an Academy Award-Nominated actress.
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