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Monday, November 21, 2011

If there’s one thing I love more than anything else about the holiday season it’s the willingness of others to be charitable!  There’s nothing more heartwarming than knowing that you’ve done your part, no matter how small, in helping someone else have a brighter day! 

 

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When I decided to do this year’s gift guide I knew that I wanted to include companies who gave back and I couldn’t do that without including World Vision!

 

If you’re not familiar with World Vision I encourage you to take a look at the World Vision Gift Catalog, they have some amazingly beautiful gifts and the best part--the two-for-one benefit they provide:  1) a meaningful and affordable gift for a loved one; 2) proceeds that make a difference in the lives of children and families living in poverty in the U.S. and around the world!

 

Last year more than 800,000 people around the world were impacted by gifts through the World Vision Gift Catalog—and these gifts didn’t come decorated with paper and ribbon.  With a financial contribution, the gift giver selects one of 36 items from the World Vision Gift Catalog that can be given to someone on a holiday gift list and at the same time help a person in need—that’s truly a win-win!  World Vision’s Gift Catalog offers more than 250 gifts online ranging in price from $16 to $39,000 and the gifts can be purchased in the name of a family member, teacher, co-worker, or even a child.  There are many gifts to choose from (many are very affordable at under $50) some of the gift items include:

 

Goats($75):  One of the most popular gift items because its milk provides protein for children and the surplus can be sold.  More than 20,000 goats were purchased last year alone!

Feed a family in the US for a Day ($16):  Here in the US, 1 in 5 children lives in poverty.  Gift givers can help restore hope to families that have been struck by disaster, homelessness, or job loss.

A child’s education ($32):  Supplying school fees, textbooks, paper and pencils will help a child reach their full potential.

 

And the list of amazing gifts goes on and on!  I don’t know how you feel about it, but I think this is an amazing way to be charitable during the holidays and an excellent way to get your children to start thinking about the importance of giving to charity!  And while the list of gift items above are amazing and so badly needed there are also an array of more traditional gifts that you can receive as well with a simple donation to the Maximum Impact Fund--which provides for the unique needs of children and families worldwide!

 

I received one of the FREE gifts from the catalogue and I can’t wait to show you all how gorgeous it is!  I received the Christmas Ornament Set (FREE with a $150 donation to the Maximum Impact Fund).  The set of three handmade Zakale wire & bead ornaments from Nairobi are amazing and will add the perfect touch to every tree this Christmas.   Meaning "reuse" Zakale crafts are made from recycled materials by a group of Kenyan artisans reclaiming their own lives from poverty.  They really are gorgeous and they simply make my tree look stunning! 

 

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They truly are beautiful and knowing that the donation that came along with these ornaments was going to help families in need is just the icing on the cake!

 

I also wanted to tell you about a really cool project that World Vision has going on next month—the “The True Spirit of Christmas Tour” which you can access through their Facebook page!  Through “The True Spirit of Christmas Tour” for the third consecutive year, World Vision staff will be traveling across the world this December to see the impact that goats, sheep and other gifts have on families and children.  You can also check out this video on YouTube that explains how the World Vision Gift Catalog works! 

 

If you’re looking for a unique gift for someone on your list this holiday season I definitely recommend checking out the World Vision Gift Catalog and give the gift of giving! 

 

Disclosure:  I received the items mentioned above from the company of PR firm to facilitate my review—all opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced by the sponsor.

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