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Tired of giving junk that ends up in trash cans and garage sales for Christmas? Want to give a gift that outlives Aunt Jo’s fruitcake? Behold….The List of Gifts that Give Back!
I love, love, LOVE the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Catalog. I use it for gifts year-round. Last year I purchased a month’s worth of education for a child in honor of my daughter’s teacher. I included a card saying, “…because every child deserves to have a teacher like you.” For my mom’s birthday, my kids chose to give mosquito netting and a starter brood of chicks for families in poverty.
But…I had no idea that Compassion had their own Christmas Catalog! For $25 or less you can purchase life-saving vaccines for children, baking supplies to teach kids skills that can be used at home or vocationally, farm animals, soccer balls , or mosquito nets to prevent malaria. There are many more options from small business starters to surgeries if you want to spend more. Compassion even sends you a gift card that you can personalize for the recipient. How neat!
TOMS Shoes–Oh yes, I’ve been eyeing these for some time now! I know that it seems kind of ridiculous to spend $50 on what basically amounts to plain canvas shoes, but consider that you are really buying two for the price of one. After all, for every pair bought, they give a pair to a child in need. And–oh my goodness–if you have little girls, it’s hard to not get all giggly when you see the tiny pink sparkly TOMS!
I just recently read about The Apparent Project over at Sit A Spell. You can purchase some really fabulous jewelry while helping the project’s goal of keeping Haitian families together and train men and women to be parents (hence “Apparent Project”). I’m sure you’ve heard about the overwhelming obstacles that they must deal with daily: child prostitution/slavery, alcoholism, extreme poverty, voodoo in addition to the hurricanes and current cholera epidemic sweeping the nation. You can read more about The Apparent Project’s mission HERE.
Vita Familiae made a list of vendors who all support adoption and orphan care. There’s all kinds of goods from jewelry to clothing and more.
A group of talented artist produced these Holiday Prints. 100% of profits go to The Mercy House whose mission statement is: to provide alternative options for pregnant girls living in the streets of Kenya. The Mercy House will aid them in nutrition, housing, prenatal care, counseling, Biblical teaching and job skills for sustainable living.
Heifer International is a well-known and respected organization that works with families to help them overcome poverty by teaching how to achieve sustainable living. They also have a gift catalog. I ask you: how cool would it be to tell people that you got a llama, a water buffalo or a CAMEL for Christmas. It would be extremely cool!