For many people, the Holiday season is a time to give charitably. Sometimes, it can be difficult to decide which organization to give to & unfortunately, which ones are legitimately helping those in need. This year, consider World Vision.
“World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Since 1996, the World Vision Gift Catalog has grown in popularity as a gift-giving alternative. Last year alone, more than 822,000 people were helped through funds generated by the Catalog”
Through their 2015 ‘World Vision Gift Catalog’, you can double the impact they make. When you give to the ‘Where Most Needed’ option, you can receive free handcrafted gifts. Artisans from India, Vietnam, Southeast Asia & India have provided their work. One example is turquoise jewelry. “Turquoise Jewelry ( Necklace, Bracelet, Earrings)—This elegant jewelry trio provides the perfect pop of color for holiday outfits. Add a vibrant twist to a classic black dress or complement your favorite trendy work outfit with this necklace ($85), drop earrings ($55) and bracelet ($75). These unique and nickel-free pieces were designed by Delhi artisans and are available individually.”
Whether individually or as a complete set, these are really beautiful pieces. The necklace has a 20″ strand. It’s a beautifully feminine piece. While they’re great stand alone pieces, wearing the whole set together will really set off an outfit. These artisans are SO incredibly talented! All three pieces are quality & will make FANTASTIC gifts. Crafted items such as these are providing work. When you’re complimented on their beauty (& you will be), explain how World Vision’s gift selection helps overcome poverty with handcrafted work.
World Vision offers an array of unique jewelry pieces. But, if you’re looking for a unique gift for a hard-to-buy-for relative or a Secret Santa gift for the office, consider the ‘Christmas Star ornament’ from India or hand-carved serving spoons. Guaranteed they’re gifts that your recipient won’t already have.
Some of Word Vision’s gifts aren’t able to be wrapped. Have friends who are dedicated environmentalists? Consider the Clean Water Fund. A donation in your friend’s name provides safe water to drink. Donate to fund all or a share of a foot-powered water pump or hand-drilled well. Let your friends know that the wells are dug without truck-mounted rigs. These wells last longer & use natural compression.
For $35, you can purchase 5 ducks to provide eggs for a family, for years! How cool is that? Goats, chickens, even cows- any of these can be purchased for a needy family. I can’t think of a more meaningful gift than to know you’ve provided a sustainable food source for a family. Think of the implications of that for a moment. Nutrition, being provided to a family, that may be nurturing a future doctor or entrepreneur who’ll grow up to be a world changer. All because you gave a gift during the holidays. That’s huge in the big picture. What a beautiful way to keep Christ in Christmas!
Take some time to visit World Vision & experience all the ways they are making huge differences every day. Find them at the following Medias:
*Picture belongs to World Vision. I received the aforementioned product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.