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Black Friday: Gifts that give back

Forever long shopping lines. Sleep starved customers arguing over the last item in stock. People losing their lives in pursuit of the perfect flat screen tv.

Black Friday is a day that seems to bring out the worst in people. The terrible irony is that our ruthless desire to acquire comes after a day spent giving thanks. We are grateful, and then shop survival of the fittest style (hunger games anyone?).

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      True Spirit of Christmas Tour

      The True Spirit of Christmas tour is right around the corner. We are excited to announce this year's celebrity host-- American Idol Winner Kris Allen!

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        A birthday celebration that will help change lives

        Bethany Detweiler didn't want a ordinary birthday, so she did something extraordinary.

        Instead of asking for presents, she set a goal to raise $12,000 through My Gift Catalog, a tool that gives users the opportunity to raise funds to donate items through World Vision's Gift Catalog.

        Bethany shares what inspired her to help others -- and how she plans on reaching her goal.

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          A goat is more than just a goat

          If you're considering honoring a loved one with a gift through the World Vision Gift Catalog this Christmas season, you may be wondering how a goat, chicken, or cow impacts the lives of the people who are on the receiving end.

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              A pig tale from Rwanda

              How can the gift of pigs help keep a family out of poverty, while creating hope and opportunity? Read this inspiring story from the Kahi community of Rwanda to find out.

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              “This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home…”

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                An open letter to our generous donors

                In December, World Vision's Kirsten Stearns traveled with our True Spirit of Christmas Trip to Sri Lanka and Zambia to see firsthand how gifts from the Gift Catalog are helping to change the lives of children and families in need.

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                  DAY 4: How to milk a cow [VIDEO]

                  You voted to have Kirsten milk Chooti the cow... and so today, she did! And it went a little something like this....

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                  “Our journey began…”

                  This is how the DD Karunaratne, the father, described the impact of Chooti the cow on his family. When they received the cow, their journey began.

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                    Wars, floods and the gift of chickens (2011 True Spirit of Christmas)

                    Yesterday, November 28, marked the start of World Vision's 2011 True Spirit of Christmas trip -- a three-week quest to discover the true meaning of the season and to witness just how Gift Catalog donations impact children and families around the world.  This post was written by Kirsten Stearns, host for this year's trip, on day 1 from the community of Horowpothana in Sri Lanka.

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