I read a staggering statistic the other day that stopped me in my tracks, “Last year, Americans spent $450 billion on Christmas. Clean water for the whole world, including every poor person on the planet, would cost about $20 billion.” There are no words here. In an effort to make a small bit of difference from my corner of the world, the kids and I decided it would be best to pick a few gifts out for people who could use them most.
(Keep reading for more information on a different type of gift you can give this Christmas.)
With Christmas just days away, if you’re still searching for the perfect gift, one that means a bit more, or even just a last-minute item to add to the group, I’d urge you to take a look at World Vision. The concept is simple. You choose a gift from the World Vision Gift Catalog in someone’s name from World Vision’s catalog and print the card for the recipient. There are a large variety of gifts to choose from. You can give a family a goat for $75 or 2 chickens for $25. You could also provide a family with bed nets for just $18, buy a share of a bull for $25 or give a stuffed animal plush to a child.
There is a wide selection of gifts in all price ranges, and if you’re looking for a material gift you can give to the recipient that will still help out those who need it most, World Vision has a few Maximum Impact gifts to choose from. You donate a specified dollar amount to be used where it will have the maximum impact on the people it reaches, and you’ll receive a gift to give to remind the recipient where the money was used. Choose from gifts like artisan jewelry from around the world, fair-trade coffee gifts (which I received), handmade Christmas ornaments, totes and more.
I hope you’ll consider a different kind of giving this Christmas.
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