I have written a few times about my love of giving back to others and ways to give back, especially with Christmas gifts. Helping people within and outside of our direct community is such a rewarding thing. Giving to those that need a helping hand at this time of year is a valued tradition in our family. It is part of who we are as a family, we want our kids to just know it’s a part of being a kind person and a responsible citizen.
One thing about Christmas I dislike is just giving “stuff” as presents, you know a gift for the sake of a gift. Our houses are so full of stuff, and we really don’t need things to make us happy. I try to think of ways to give a thoughtful gift, that either is useful or has will have a special meaning to the receiver. There are so many people who are so hard to buy for and don’t really need anything. Really how many bath sets or generic gift baskets do people actually need. We are always looking for gifts that give a little more and this year we are looking at the World Vision Canada gift catalogue.
If you are looking to give a gift to a friend or family member with meaning, there are many options in this catalogue. These include Christmas ornaments or jewelry made by artisans in developing countries. Another great option is to give a gift that says you have helped out someone in honor of the recipient. With World Vision you can give the gift of goats, cows, blankets, school supplies, fresh water, medicines and so much more to those in need of it. Each gift you give includes a free greeting card that is either mailed or emailed to the recipient. And really when else are you going to have a chance to give a goat for Christmas?!?
All of the gifts in the World Vision Gift Catalogue are in there because people in communities around the world have specific needs to help build up their communities and build a sustainable future. World Vision understands that people want to choose where they can help, and target their gifting to where they feel the help is most needed. They have made this simple and easy. If you want to help out those affected by the Syrian Crisis, you can choose to give gifts to help in that area. If you prefer to make a difference right here in Canada, you can do that too. You get to decide how your gift is going to make a difference, and if you are unsure of what you want to gift, or where you want to help, you can look at the Most Needed section to get some inspiration.
Since our family tries to focus on giving more then just “stuff”, and helping others this is a great fit for us. This is a gift you will feel great about giving, and the receiver will feel great knowing that you thought about them, and that in their name someone was able to receive something they desperately needed, and their is no greater gift than that.
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