Day 15: A guide to holiday shopping with World Vision

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This Christmas, celebrate the gift that Jesus offers to us and to the children we serve: fullness of life! (John 10:10) When you choose gifts from the World Vision Gift Catalog, you're sharing lasting change with children and families in need.

In this shopping guide for the holidays, you’ll find suggestions and insider’s tips on how to make the most of your giving this season. Spend once and give twice!

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Around the world, the need is great: close to 400 million children under the age of 13 live in extreme poverty, according to the World Bank. That’s more than the entire population of the United States. And right here in the U.S., extreme poverty has hit a new high: recent studies show that more than 1.6 million households with children are living on less than $2 per person, per day.

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    Day 14: The third Sunday of Advent

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    "You are the light of the world …" ~Matthew 5:14 (NIV).

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    Day 14: The third Sunday of Advent | World Vision Blog


    Share your light with the world this Christmas! Choose your favorite way to give through World Vision today.

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      Day 12: Top five Christmas gifts that give back

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      Finding the perfect Christmas gift for friends and family can be a difficult task.

      But with these five popular items from World Vision’s Gift Catalog, you can bring meaningful help and hope to children, families, and entire communities struggling with poverty, while honoring someone special in your life!

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      The World Vision Gift Catalog offers hundreds of ways to reflect the spirit of the Christmas season — a time of year during which we celebrate the eternal light and hope brought about by the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.

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        Day 11: Melisa, a sponsored child with a special spark

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        Melisa in Guatemala is 12 and the second oldest of 6. She loves being a big sister and helping her family: walking her siblings to school each morning and feeding the animals her family has received from World Vision.

        That's why she's so grateful for World Vision's support – to watch her family grow with the nourishment from farm animals and for them to attend better schools and have the supplies they need!

        Read about how she is a growing light for her brothers and sisters, and her whole community!

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        There’s something special about Melisa. All children are special, but Melisa has this spark you can’t help but notice.

        She is unusually articulate for a 12-year-old, a loving older sister, and compassionately aware of the people in her community and the challenges they face. She is instantly likeable, but not because she is putting on a show. She is quietly confident, with a shy-but-warm smile.

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          Day 7: The second Sunday of Advent

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          "God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with." ~Billy Graham

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            Day 2: Giving Tuesday

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            This Giving Tuesday — a day dedicated to giving back — World Vision and Thirty-One Gifts are coming together to make a difference in the lives of American women and girls living in poverty.

            See how you can help!

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            It’s easy to get caught up in the shopping frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s also easy to forget about the very real poverty that exists here in the United States and its impact on the most vulnerable, particularly women and girls.

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              A family tradition of giving

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              During the holiday giving season, we all have our go-to places to shop: favorite stores, malls, online catalogues. But do you have a favorite place to give during Christmas?

              For five years, the Anderson family’s favorite way to give has been through World Vision’s Gift Catalog. See why this family believes that giving is important, and some of their favorite ways to give!

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              The holidays are full of family traditions to look forward to. Picking out the perfect tree. Christmas Eve candlelight services. Watching our favorite family Christmas movies.

              But my favorite family Christmas traditions are the ones that offer our family a chance to give rather than receive. We look for different ways to bless others every year, but one way has remained consistent for the last five years.

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                A five-star gift that changes lives and gives hope

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                Give the Gift of a Pig - One Pig $205 or a Share of a Pig $25!

                Give the gift of a pig today to boost family incomes and provide plenty of protein for undernourished children. One sow can produce 20 babies a year, and within six months a piglet can weigh 200 pounds — and fetch a hefty price at the market.

                See why pigs are this family's favorite gift!

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                5 out of 5 stars

                Our favorite gift! Cute! Pink! Curly tail! And it can take a family from extreme poverty to sufficiency. I know. I've seen it first-hand …

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                  A lucky orphan gets a goat

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                  Orphaned at the age of 3, Abdul in Sierra Leone has grown up with his uncle's family. When World Vision came to his community, his family grew when he was sponsored. Read how Abdul's life – and the lives of his whole family and community – has been improved through sponsorship and World Vision's Gift Catalog!

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                  A rough start

                  Abdul Massaquoi, now 14, was just 7 months old when his mother died. At age 3, his father died, too. His father’s brother, Sheriff Senesie, who already had three children, took in Abdul and raised him as his own son.

                  Life in their village, Upper Saama in Sierra Leone, isn’t easy, so taking on another child was a burden for Sheriff and his wife Sombo. Food, school supplies, and tuition were hard to come by. But they loved Abdul as their own son, and he called Sheriff “dad.” He didn’t even know that he was an orphan until recently.

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                    Day 23: Share creatively

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                    World Vision donor Rachel Britz has established a family tradition of giving with her children, each choosing a Gift Catalog item to give every year. “This is going to be our family’s legacy,” she says.

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                    Today’s challenge: Be creative in how you share #joy today! Tell us what you came up with in the comments section below.

                     

                    “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” —1 John 4:11 (NIV)

                     

                    A family’s legacy

                    When she was 11 years old, Rachel Britz organized a carnival in her yard as a fundraiser to help children with muscular dystrophy. Her mom helped her find sponsors and set up pony rides, and at the end of the day she had raised $600.

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