Holiday Gift Guide: Give Love with Meaningful Gifts this Holiday Season, with World Vision

This holiday season, in leu of fruitcake or a bottle of wine, give meaningful gifts that support the world. An Ipsos poll conducted in 2017 on behalf of World Vision Canada found the majority of Canadians (58%) would appreciate a charitable donation being made in their name, instead of receiving a traditional holiday present. 
World Vision is a global relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Their work began in the 1950s, with one man who committed to help one child in one country, with just $5. That man was Bob Pierce—a war correspondent who witnessed tragedy and poverty as he helped missionaries across Asia. Since those humble beginnings, World Vision has grown into a global organization, helping children, families and communities reach their full potential by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice. To date, over 4 million children and their families in nearly 100 countries have received care.  

Each holiday season, the World Vision Gift Catalogue offers a multitude of gifts that make a lasting impact in global communities. ‘Property Brother’ and World Vision supporter Jonathan Scott believes that these small wins help make progress against serious challenges. “I don’t think a lot of people realize the impact that (they) can have,” Scott explains. The World Vision Gift Catalogue is one of the best and easiest ways to participate in this change. 

The catalogue features a selection of Artisan Gifts & Apparel that make the perfect gift, with a purpose. Each item is fair-trade and handcrafted by artisans from around the world. Items include animal ornaments made with Capiz shells that were designed by Filipino artists, a colourful silk scarf made by women in Vietnam and a Hope Bracelet designed by Emmy award winner Patricia Heaton and made by artists in India. As with all our artisanal gifts, a portion of the cost goes to supporting the Where Most Needed fund (which will help provide things like healthcare, safety, food and water to vulnerable children and families), in addition to directly supporting the artisans who crafted the items. 

Another way to give back is with a World of Change Giving Card. Select the card, and the recipient chooses the gift from one of World Vision’s giving pillars: Give Agriculture, Give Animals, Give Clean Water, Give Education and Give Health & Nutrition. Gift a Giving Card to the sports fan in your life, and they may choose to ‘Give Education’ by sending sports equipment to schools in need. Surprise the doctor in the family with a Giving Card, and they may choose to ‘Give Health’ by donating medicine and antibiotics to children. Gift a Giving Card to a foodie friend, and they may ‘Give Agriculture’ to help feed hungry families by providing them with seeds, training and tools to grow their own nutritious food. 

Don’t add another knickknack to someone’s closet, give something that makes a difference. The World Vision Gift Catalogue is available online at https://donate.worldvision.ca/pages/gift-catalogue. Every item contributes to stronger, more resilient communities. With love, victory over poverty is possible. Help create sustainable change by giving meaningful gifts this holiday season and share your experience  with #lovecangive and by tagging @worldvisioncan. 

About World Vision
World Vision is a relief, development and advocacy organization working to create lasting change in the lives of children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by our Christian values, World Vision is dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. For more information, visit www.worldvision.ca or follow us on TwitterFacebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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