|Rosemary's family were given 5 goats through World Vision Gift Catalog, and that changed their lives|
Thanksgiving is this week. And it's the time we think about all the things we have to be thankful for. But-we should also think about all of those who aren't as fortunate. That is why, today, I'm going to chat with you guys about World Vision and the amazing work they do--and how you can help families in need merely by ordering from a selection of beautiful, handcrafted, gifts via the World Vision Gift Catalog! You can pick from over 250 poverty-fighting gifts, ranging in price from $16 to $39,000, and as a result you're improving the quality of life for struggling children and families in the U.S. and around the world. The money raised from the purchase of these handcrafted gifts goes to the Where Most Needed fund, which supports a variety of World Vision’s programs around the world. (Of course there are also TONS options to just straight up donate or sponsor as well!) Last year alone, more than 650,000 people were helped through funds generated by the catalog-now THAT is the holiday spirit! <3
This video helps give you the run-down on the gift catalog and how it works! (Plus...it's a cute video)
The Gift Catalog started during the Christmas season in 1996. In fiscal year 2015, more than 122,000 Americans raised more than $29.3 million through the Gift Catalog, helping more than 650,000 people around the world. AND World Vision is always working to keep its overhead rates low. In 2015, 84 percent of World Vision’s total operating expenses were used for programs that benefit children, families and communities in need, which is so amazing! a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCVWcQnDX8I&feature=youtu.be">This videoalso helps explain how they do everything they do.
- In 2015, a projected 900 million people lived at or below the global poverty line worldwide (which is defined as living on $1.90 or less per day), with the greatest concentration of those living in poverty being in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
- Improvements in access to education, healthcare, housing, employment and personal security greatly increase a person’s chances of escaping poverty.
- World Vision provides assistance to people in nearly 100 countries. The World Vision Gift Catalog is one of many programs designed to help eradicate poverty and provide hope around the world.
- Every dollar donated to World Vision achieves $1.30 worth of impact for children and families in poverty worldwide.
How do you order? SIMPLE!
- To place an order, go to www.worldvisiongifts.org or call 1-855-WV-GIFTS. Hard copies of the catalog are also available upon request.
- Donors can choose to have a card sent in honor of a loved one. Cards can also be printed or emailed from the website at any time to let an honoree know that something special has been done for them this Christmas.
- Those who want to give a general donation can donate to Where Most Needed. Their donation is a one- time gift that will go towards needs that might otherwise go unmet.
- Those who want to order a tangible gift can choose from a selection of Handcrafted Gifts. Donors who donate in this way can choose to receive a free gift (IE the handcrafted gifts that you choose) along with their donation to Where Most Needed.
I was lucky enough to receive a sample gift box full of of some of the handcrafted gifts available through the World Vision Gift Catalog (and I'll actually be using the majority of them as components of Christmas gifts for various people this year!)--and one reader will be receiving the same exact gift box! Read below for details on the gifts (which total a value of over $490), and then enter the giveaway using the widget!
For the Home:
Tree of Life Votive Holder – This lovely votive holder is handmade from cast-off materials. Artisans in India work hard to raise themselves out of poverty and help light the way for their children’s education. $65
Upcycled Artisanal Bowl – This stunning bowl is up-cycled from reclaimed industrial waste such as wires and metal. Artisans in India have hand bent and soldered each piece into inspirational shapes to create this artistic and elaborate bowl that is great as a decorative piece or to hold special items. $135
History’s First Coffee Blend – Citrus and chocolate pair up in this 10-ounce whole bean blend of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and Sumatra Permata Gayo coffees from farmers who are overcoming poverty with their earnings. An olivewood scoop and African bag complete the package. $75
Turquoise Medallion Necklace – Handmade by families in Delhi, this brightly-beaded medallion necklace adds a bold pop of color to any outfit. $75
Royal Silk Scarf – This gorgeous silk scarf adds color to the holidays and supports the needs of children and families worldwide. The luxurious silk is woven by Vietnam’s Ma Chau villagers, who receive sustainable income through their craft. $95
Mango Wood Beaded Bracelet - One creative community on the island of Java makes these unique bracelets to help provide a sustainable income and care for their children. The artisan group is led by a mother who pours her heart into her craft. $45
Disclaimer-I was provided with a sample box of gifts via World Vision, and they are also sponsoring a giveaway. I received no other compensation and was under no obligation to write a positive post. All opinions are, as always, my own.