Five Christmas gift ideas to fight poverty and honor loved ones

Finding the perfect Christmas gift for friends and family can be a difficult task. But with these five popular items from World Vision’s Gift Catalog, you can bring meaningful help and hope to children, families, and entire communities struggling with poverty, while honoring someone special in your life.

Published December 13, 2013 at 09:45am PST

The World Vision Gift Catalog offers hundreds of ways to reflect the spirit of the Christmas season — a time of year during which we celebrate the eternal light and hope brought about by the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.

With items across various prices and categories that help lift children, families, and even entire communities out of poverty, you can bring meaningful assistance to those in need — and let loved ones know that you did so in their honor by emailing or printing out a card to present on Christmas Day.

If you’re still looking for last-minute gift ideas, consider one of these popular options from the Gift Catalog. Or browse the catalog for yourself and find an item by which you can show loved ones how much you appreciate them.

Soccer balls: $16

2 Soccer Balls | World Vision GiftsRemember the carefree days of playing soccer as a child? Imagine never having that opportunity — because of poverty. Your gift of two soccer balls can replace a makeshift banana leaf ball or rounded wad of trash for an energetic boy or girl.

Children around the world love soccer more than any other sport. Yet many in poverty have never played with a real toy — let alone an actual soccer ball. That’s because when basics like food and healthcare are scarce, there’s no money left over for simple pleasures. Instead, these children kick around plastic bags and old clothes tied with strings or old cords.

By donating the gift of brand-new soccer balls, you’ll give them the chance to set their spirits free and simply be kids.

Necessities for U.S. children: $25

$250 Worth of Necessities in the USA | World Vision GiftsRight here in the United States, one in five children lives in a family struggling with poverty. Many have parents who are affected by job loss, health problems, financial difficulties, or even homelessness. They simply can’t afford to provide basics for their children.

As their safety networks fray, World Vision and its community partners are working tirelessly to help ensure that these U.S. children and families receive the essentials they need to get back on their feet. Your donation will help deliver top-quality donated products to struggling American families — items like shoes, clothing, books, school supplies, and more. And thanks to these corporate donations, any amount you give will multiply 10 times in impact — so $25 becomes $250 worth of goods!

This Christmas season, with so many in need right here in our own backyard, your gift can be a true blessing for those who struggle.

Hope for sexually exploited girls: $35

Hope for Sexually Exploited Girls | World Vision GiftsTragically, millions of children — most of them girls — are enslaved in the global sex trade today. Many of them end up there when poverty leads to desperate circumstances from which there is no escape. Seeking to pay off family debts or earn income to pay for basics, these children are lured into traps where they face the worst kind of abuse, exploitation, and brutality.

Your gift will help support World Vision’s efforts to bring hope and healing to the most vulnerable — preventing further abuse and offering interventions like safe shelter, nutritious food, medical care, vocational training, compassionate counseling, and, when possible, reintegration with a loving family.

Share of Deep Well: $100

Share of a Deep Well | World Vision GiftsClean water is the foundation of all life. Its absence can spell a vicious, self-perpetuating cycle of sickness and poverty for entire communities. Children are kept out of school when they have to walk long distances to fetch heavy loads of water — and when that same water makes them sick.

When you donate a share of a deep well, you support World Vision’s work to bring clean, safe water to communities in need. A deep well can provide several thousand gallons of clean water each day to benefit hundreds of people who will no longer have to walk long distances to gather water that will make them sick.

Goat and two chickens: $100

Goat and 2 Chickens | World Vision GiftsThe gift of a goat and two chickens is our most popular Gift Catalog item — and for good reason.

Goats and chickens both offer a steady source of much-needed nutrition for growing children. A healthy goat can nourish a whole family with milk, cheese, and yogurt, and chickens produce eggs that are rich in protein and other nutrients. A surplus of these products can be sold at the market for extra income, which can then be used for basics like school fees and medical care.

Plus, goats and chickens are highly practical animals. Goats are hearty, and they produce manure that can be used to fertilize crops and gardens. Chickens are easy to raise and require few resources to thrive. And, of course, the animals’ offspring can be sold for even more income, or passed along to help another family in need.

By donating a goat and two chickens, you help bless a family with the gift of a sustainable source of nutrition and income — now and for years to come.

More ideas

Still looking? Browse through World Vision’s Gift Catalog and check out more than 100 ways by which to honor a loved one this Christmas and bring meaningful, life-changing help and hope to a child, family, or entire community in need!

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