[Video] The 'new' sustainable gift

Yesterday, we introduced you to Mary, a woman who tragically lost everything in a flood. Goats from the World Vision Gift Catalog were a vital part of her regaining hope and stability in her life.

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    [Video] I thank God that someone has remembered me from afar

    Mary and her family lost everything in a flood: possessions, livestock, and their home.

    "I do not take it for granted getting to December. Making it to a new year. It is by God's grace."

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    Things changed for Mary when she received goats through the World Vision Gift Catalog.

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      [Video] Would you rather…

      We asked -- and you answered.

      We asked you to take a vote on our Facebook page: Would rather see Kris Allen carry chicken feed on his head, or play soccer with the kids in Kenya?

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      You voted to see Kris Allen play soccer with the kids in Kenya! Watch him play a pick-up game:

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          Chickens: Small gift, big impact

          Mary knows the True Spirit of Christmas personally -- because she has experienced a life-changing gift for herself. World Vision provided Mary with nine chickens as a source of income and nutrition.

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            How chickens can change a life

            "If I could capture a photo of what was in my heart that day, it would have been wonderful to see." says Mary, a mother of seven in Turkana. What momentous occasion was she describing?

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              The votes are in....

              We asked if you would rather see Kris Allen attempt to make a bracelet with the artisans at Zakale creations or learn a dance from his new friends in Kenya. You voted -- now watch the video to find out the result!

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                  Giving new purpose to youth amid desperate need

                  American Idol's Kris Allen, host of this year's True Spirit of Christmas tour, writes about his experiences on his first day in Nairobi, Kenya, as he travels with World Vision to see how gifts donated through our Gift Catalog help change the lives of children and families in need.

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                    Zakale: a new creation

                    Zakale is the Swahili word for what has been thrown away being made new again.

                    John Mucheru is a living example of this word. As a young man, John says he engaged in activities that were not pleasing to God. After turning his life over to the Lord, however, he discovered that he possessed a gift in art and handcrafts.

                    So John received a loan and used his creative skills to open a business,  Zakale Creations. Watch the video below to see how he now uses his business to change the lives of at-risk youth.

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