A gift that supports a charitable cause is a double gift. It’s a gift for a loved one, and for the same cost and effort, a gift for someone in need. World Vision is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children in developing countries. They have created a beautiful gift catalog full of unique handcrafted merchandise and donor opportunities.
This annual catalog was started during the Christmas season of 1996 and includes over 250 items. More than 100 of these range in price from $16 to $39,000. Some of these gifts include sponsorship’s for education for girls, help for sexually exploited girls, medicine, animals for livelihood, clothing, clean water, and other necessities. In addition to this, they have gifts you can receive with a minimum donation, handcrafted using fair trade practices, in a careful and quality manner.
World Vision sent me a magnificent set of hand-carved wood serving spoons. The beautiful twisted detail on these make them special and the note explaining that they help Kamba orphans makes it even more so.They are made in Kenya and the ethnic printed gift bag that accompanies it highlights the beautiful aspects of the culture. They are solid olivewood and made to last, making them an even more precious gift. And each time I use it, I will picture another Kenyan orphan whose tummy is now a little fuller. I will look at my own child and count the blessings we are fortunate to have and pray for those less fortunate.
Examples from the World Vision handcrafted gift catalog:
Hand Carved olive wood serving spoons from Kenya with a woven African gift bag, hand sewn
Silver Vines cuff bracelet – designed by artisans in Old Delhi, India
Royal silk scarf woven by Vietnam’s Ma Chau villagers
Artisan change purse from recycled fabrics, designed by members of the Lahu tribe
Hand-woven Guatemalan Headband made by Mayan descendants in Guatemala from 100% cotton
These are just a few examples. Your donations are tax deductible less the fair market value of each item. You can choose to donate more than the suggested minimum donation if you’d like.
“When our work began in 1950, our approach was basic. We provided food and shelter for children in orphanages through child sponsorship. Over the years we’ve learned the complexity of finding long-term, meaningful solutions to poverty.
We work in the most difficult contexts, in some of the poorest countries. But we believe in children. And when we partner with children and families, we can help them transform their communities.”
Since 1950, World Vision has been making change. You can now participate in this change using their easy catalog. Choose from tangible gifts you can receive, such as the spoons, choose a specific need-based donation, or pick “Where Most Needed” to let World Vision choose. You can also have a card sent in honor of a loved one. The change you make in a single child’s life is invaluable.
Disclaimer: I received the product mentioned above from the company in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not paid to endorse it.