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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          Day 22: Share locally

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          In Peru, the gift of dairy animals from World Vision’s Gift Catalog is making a world of difference to Cupertino and his three children. Now that they drink milk every day, the children no longer get sick and have turned around the effects of malnourishment.

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          Today’s challenge: Give food to an organization — like a church or food bank — that serves in your local community.

           

          “But I said to you, ‘You will possess their land; I will give it to you as an inheritance, a land flowing with milk and honey.’ I am the Lord your God, who has set you apart from the nations.”  —Leviticus 20:24 (NIV)

           

          Milk for medicine

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            Day 17: Share the burden

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            Last year, World Vision donors Kate and Austin donated their wedding registry to World Vision’s Gift Catalog!

            Read about what led them to create a personal fundraising page, and how their friends and family responded.

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            Today’s challenge: Put someone's needs ahead of yours.

             

            “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” —1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

             

            The gift of a wedding

            In September of 2012, Kate and Austin registered for their wedding with World Vision’s Gift Catalog.

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              Day 15: Share a handcrafted gift

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              Last holiday season, American Idol winner Kris Allen visited Zakale Creations in Kenya — a small business that hand-crafts new items out of old ones and brings them back to life. Today, we challenge you to do the same!

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              Today’s challenge: Make a handcrafted gift for someone.

               

              “He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’” —Revelation 21:5

               

              Making old things new

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                Day 14: Share a memory

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                Would rabbits make a good Christmas gift? In today’s video, three kids from the United States consider what it might be like to give someone rabbits for Christmas. They would certainly be a memorable gift!

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                Today’s challenge: Share with a friend why a gift they gave you was memorable

                 

                “Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. —Matthew 2:11b (NIV)

                 

                Share #joy through rabbits

                 

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                  Day 12: Share the wealth

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                  A year ago, we received this amazing letter from one of our donors. Check out what Amy’s three girls did to be able to follow God’s lead to give, and how “the faith of a child is more powerful than the ‘logic’ of a parent.”

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                  Today’s challenge: Give up something and use that money to bring joy to someone else.

                   

                  “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” —Philippians 2:3-4 (NIV)

                   

                  A letter to World Vision

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                  Dear World Vision,

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                    Day 11: Share a compliment

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                    Piglets from World Vision’s Gift Catalog helped change the Alegre family’s future in Bolivia. Read how a simple gift brought them hope and joy, and how they’re sharing that joy with others!

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                    Today’s challenge: Multiply your joy by giving three people an unexpected compliment today.

                     

                    “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.” —Jeremiah 17:7 (NIV)

                     

                    Alive and multiplied

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