Are you looking forward to Christmas? I am! It’s one of my favorite times of year, and it’s just 2 months away. This year I got a head start on my holiday shopping and got a few things for my kids already this month, which is a new thing for me since I usually don’t get Christmas shopping done until December!
While you’re beginning to get ready for the holiday season, don’t forget to take some time to reach out to your community and find ways to give back to others. It can be volunteering at community outreaches or donating to charities. The holidays are a popular time to reach out to others, but it’s always appreciated year-round.
One of the ways you can reach out to those in need is through the World Vision Gift Catalog. This holiday season marks the 21st annual edition of the World Vision Gift Catalog? The World Vision Gift Catalog was launched during the Christmas season in 1996 and has been going strong since then.
If you’re looking for a way to reach out to others, then the Gift Catalog is a great option. In 2015, more than $29.3 million was raised through the Gift Catalog, helping over 650,000 people worldwide. That’s amazing! The items in the Gift Catalog fit any budget, from $16 to $39,000, and more than 30 items in the Gift Catalog are $35 or less.
There are lots of things to donate to in the Gift Catalog, like chickens and farm animals, medicine, education, fruit trees, small business loans, and more. If you’re not sure what to choose, you can always simply donate money where it’s most needed. There are even options for supporting communities right here in the USA.
The World Vision Gift Catalog is available online and in print depending on how you want to order. You can even make a donation to World Vision in the name of a friend or family member. World Vision works to keep their overhead costs low so the majority of funds (84% in 2015) go directly to people in need.
If you’re looking for something nice for your friends and family, you can also choose Handcrafted Gifts. If you choose this option you will receive a free artisan gift along with your donation to the Where Most Needed fund. You get to donate and help others out while getting some nice gifts for your friends and family! The handcrafted items are created by people all over the world who produce hand crafts to support their families through fair trade.
World Vision sent me some of their beautiful handcrafted items to share in this blog post, plus we are partnering together to bring you a giveaway of these artisan items! This Silver Vines Cuff bracelet is designed and created by artisans in Old Delhi, India, and this Royal Silk Scarf is woven by the Ma Chau villagers in Vietnam.
Turquoise Medallion Necklace, made by families in Delhi, India
History’s First Coffee Blend with Olivewood scoop and African bag: this is a whole bean blend of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and Sumatra Permata Gayo coffees
Tree of Life Votive Holder, handmade from cast-off materials by artisans in India
Upcycled Artisan Bowl, made from industrial waste materials (like wire and metal) by makers in India