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Giving Tuesday: Shine twice as bright for kids in school

For Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27, World Vision is partnering with Thirty-One Gifts again, which means a product match of up to $2 million! Find out how last year’s partnership supported kids.

Giving Tuesday is coming up Nov. 27! This is one of my favorite days of the year because we can give back as a community and as a nation to charities like World Vision. They are partnering with Thirty-One Gifts again this year, which means a product match of up to $2 million!

Want to get ready to give tomorrow? Get started HERE!

Last year, one of the items donated by Thirty-One Gifts was backpacks. Dixon Mudenda, 10, wears a brand new backpack he received at World Vision’s community birthday party. “It will be helping me to carry my books when I go to school,” he says.

For Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27, World Vision is partnering with Thirty-One Gifts again, which means a product match of up to $2 million! Find out how last year’s partnership supported kids.
Dixon wears his brand-new backpack he received at World Vision’s community birthday party. (©2018 World Vision/photo by Laura Reinhardt)

Last March, I had the chance to go to Honduras with World Vision and be a part of the team promoting their clean water initiatives. I was blown away by the work they are doing because they are going after the root of many of these issues and creating lasting change. That is why I know you will love partnering with them and enjoy seeing the good work they are doing, especially that benefits children.

For Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27, World Vision is partnering with Thirty-One Gifts again, which means a product match of up to $2 million! Find out how last year’s partnership supported kids.
Sewing and crafting blogger Melanie Ham visits Paola, who shows her muscles for carrying water and her family in Honduras. (©2018 photo by Will Odom)

The children in Moyo, Zambia love their new backpacks. They will help keep their books from getting wet when it rains. Without backpacks, children used to carry their books to school and arrive soaked on rainy days, the pages of their books glued together — a soggy mess. Several other girls who received backpacks plan to use them for reading camps they attend.

Kasamba Moyo, who works with sponsored children in Zambia, says, “When a child receives something from far away, they feel loved.” That’s what Giving Tuesday is all about — celebrating the birth of Jesus by sending encouragement, prayers, and a special gift to a precious child of God.

For Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27, World Vision is partnering with Thirty-One Gifts again, which means a product match of up to $2 million! Find out how last year’s partnership supported kids.
Children in Moyo, Zambia, receive backpacks from Thirty-One Gifts. (©2018 World Vision/photo by Laura Reinhardt)

Here are some of the ways that this year’s matching donation of product from Thirty-One Gifts will help children, families, and communities:

  • Towels — These can be used as blankets to keep babies warm.
  • Apparel — Shirts from Thirty-One Gifts, both for children and adults, have been used as “uniforms” for school physical education and sports.
  • Thermal lunch bags — Children use these to carry their books and school supplies. They have also been used to take food home to younger children from school feeding programs. In many countries, this is one way that parents are enticed to send their kids to school.
For Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27, World Vision is partnering with Thirty-One Gifts again, which means a product match of up to $2 million! Find out how last year’s partnership supported kids.
World Vision helped Maria start a sewing group for women in Honduras. They make school uniforms for children in the community. (©2018 World Vision/photo by Matthew Paul Turner)

In Honduras, it doesn’t take much for children to stay home from school. They have to work in the coffee fields, travel to get clean water, or don’t have the uniforms or supplies — like backpacks — needed so it keeps them home. World Vision steps in to help break that cycle in these crucial areas by getting access to clean water, empowering women like Maria to make uniforms through a sewing group, and providing education to the parents and supplies for the kids.

Isn’t that awesome? I am thrilled to advocate for this campaign and help communities in need like the families and children I met in Honduras.

A huge THANK YOU to Thirty-One Gifts not only for their generous donation to help spread joy but also for the important support they are providing to women and children in remote villages where education, prenatal and nutritional supplies, and more are desperately needed.

Any gift given to World Vision on Giving Tuesday — Tuesday, Nov. 27 — will be matched with a donation of product up to $2 million from Thirty-One Gifts, helping families around the world with items to keep babies warm, deliver medical supplies, and keep girls in school. Double the impact of your Giving Tuesday gift and shine twice as bright in someone’s life.


This post originally appeared at melaniekham.com.

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