Instead of buying another sweater for that hard to shop for person, give a gift that will truly impact the life of another.
World Vision's Gift catalog offers more than 250 gifts online and in printed versions ranging in price from $16 to $39,000. These gifts can be purchased in the name family members, teachers, co-workers, or a child, including my affordable gifts under $50. For the past couple of years, a friend of our family has donated a goat in our name. My children were so thrilled by the idea of donating to children in another country.
The best part about these gifts, is that they are self-sustainable. For example, a goat given to communities in Africa are purchased in Africa. This allows community development in some of the most poverty stricken villages.
* Goat ($75): One of the most popular gifts. Its milk provides protein for children and the surplus can be sold off.
Feed a family in the U.S. for a day ($16): Here in the U.S, 1 in 5 children live in poverty. Gifts givers can help restore hope to those families who have been effected by disasters, homelessness, or job loss.
A child's education ($32): Supplying a child's school fees, textbooks, paper and pencils will help a child reach their true potential.
You can also help by donating to the Maximum Impact Fund. The Maximum Impact Fund gifts help answer specific, urgent needs of children and families that might otherwise go unmet. For example, for a $25 donation, you will receive Gertie the Plush Goat, available exclusively through World Vision. Gertie will be a delightful memento for your loved one of the hope you've given in his or her name. At your request, the plush toy will arrive with a beautiful card explaining the impact of the donation.
Please consider giving a World Vision Gift this holiday season. Both the gift giver and receivers will be truly blessed by your thoughtful gift.
* I did receive a set of plush animals for the purpose of this post. I did not receive any other monetary compensation for this post. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.