In a recent post on wheatandtares.org, Stephen R. Marsh is very critical of charity that is used as a form of holiday entertainment:
At the same time, there are people with great needs as winter approaches, weather becomes harsh and the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday are both reminders of the blessings we have had and the needs of others.
They are also the time of charity vacations and poverty zoo expeditions.
How we act in this season, in every season, is important. Charity and kindness are both important.
How we approach our brothers and sisters in need tells us a great deal about their poverty and the poverty or plenty in our hearts.
While they are not necessarily holiday vacations, there are several humanitarian groups along the Wasatch Front which provide charity vacations. Are they so bad?