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Five Christmas gift ideas to fight poverty and honor loved ones
Finding the perfect Christmas gift for friends and family can be tough. 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.
Remember the carefree days of playing soccer as a child? Imagine never having that opportunity – because of poverty. Your gift of two soccer balls can replace a makeshift banana leaf ball or rounded wad of trash for an energetic child.
Soccer is a favorite sport of children all around the world. Yet many in poverty have never played with a real toy – let alone an actual soccer ball – because when basics like food are scarce, there’s no money left over. The simple gift of a soccer ball can let kids simply be kids.
Right here in the United States, one in five children lives in a family struggling with poverty. Many parents are affected by unemployment, health problems, financial difficulties, or even homelessness. They simply can’t afford to provide basics for their children.
World Vision and its community partners work tirelessly to help ensure that these families receive the essentials they need to get back on their feet. Your donation will help deliver top-quality donated products to struggling Americans – items like shoes, clothing, books, school supplies, and more. And thanks to corporate donations, any amount you give will multiply 10 times in impact – so $25 becomes $250 worth of goods!
Tragically, millions of children — most of them girls — are enslaved in the global sex trade today. Many end up there when poverty leads to desperate circumstances. Seeking to pay off family debts or earn income for basics, these children are lured into the worst kind of abuse, exploitation, and brutality.
Your gift will help support World Vision’s efforts to bring hope and healing to the most vulnerable, preventing further abuse and offering interventions like safe shelter, medical care, vocational training, compassionate counseling, and, when possible, reintegration with a loving family.
Clean water is the foundation of life. Its absence can spell a vicious cycle of sickness and poverty for entire communities. Children can’t attend school when they have to walk long distances to fetch heavy loads of water and when that water makes them sick.
When you donate a share of a deep well, you support World Vision’s work to bring clean, safe water to communities in need. A deep well can provide several thousand gallons of clean water each day to benefit hundreds of people who will no longer have to walk long distances to gather dirty water.
The gift of a goat and two chickens is our most popular Gift Catalog item – for good reason!
Goats and chickens offer a steady source of nutrition for growing children. A healthy goat can nourish a whole family with milk, cheese, and yogurt, and chickens produce protein-rich eggs. And surpluses can be sold for extra income, which can then be used for basics like school fees and medical care.
Plus, goats produce manure that can be used to fertilize crops and gardens, and chickens are easy to raise, requiring few resources to thrive. And, of course, the animals’ offspring can be sold for further income. By donating a goat and two chickens, you help bless a family with the gift of a sustainable source of nutrition and income, now and for years to come.
Still looking? Browse through World Vision’s Gift Catalog and check out over 100 gifts that will honor a loved one this Christmas and bring meaningful, life-changing hope to a child, family, or entire community!
At the top: Gelane Dabi, 40, and her children watch the drilling of the deep borehole that will soon provide their community in Ethiopia with abundant, clean drinking water. (Photo: 2012 Kelley Lynch/World Vision)
Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday! For this year’s day of charitable giving, Bill Gates and the Gates Foundation chose World Vision as one of their four featured charities. For Bill and Melinda Gates, giving is about making the world a more fair and equitable place. Why do you give?