Can you guess our favorite catalog?
It’s not for clothing, shoes, or bags . . . although those are fun.
It’s not for furniture, accessories, or garden helps . . . although we like those, too.
Our favorite catalog gives us joy not stuff.
Our favorite catalog – The World Vision Gift Catalog.
Because the items in this catalog really change lives.
Rev’s mom lived most of her life with very little. One Christmas all she could give her children was a home made beanbag. Another year she gave them each one filled book of green stamps (remember those?) and asked them to choose what they would like from the redemption book.
She used to say in her later years when it came time to buy for her grandchildren who lived with much more than her children had, “I would love to be able to buy them something they need, but they don’t need anything.”
We have found a way to give to children who need and when we do we think of her.
Traveling to Bolivia and seeing World Vision at work – changed us. Yes, I said – us! Rev says that I may have done the traveling, but both of us look back on that week thankful for the way God opened our eyes to see ways we can make a real difference in someone’s life by helping to provide them with things they need.
So, when the World Vision Gift Catalog arrives we get excited. We start flipping through and marking pages of things we can do to bless a family.
Clean Water – $25
More than 6,000 children die each day from diseases spread by unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation and hygiene. A gift toward clean water can help toward cutting that number by more than half.
Your gift will help prevent abuse, and restore physical and spiritual health to rescued girls by providing things like safe shelter, medical care, nutritious food, vocational training, compassionate counseling, and when possible, reintegration with a loving family.
A Pig – $205
This is Arminda. I was blessed to meet her when I was in Bolivia. You can read several posts I’ve written about her by clicking on her name. Oh, how she tickles me. Scroll down the page and read – Sharing – the Power of We.
Clothing and Shelter – Options from $25 to $5,100
Generous corporate partners have donated millions of dollars worth of thick coats, warm pants and shirts, heavy sweaters, hats and scarves, sturdy shoes, and more. That means your gift multiplies 10 times to help distribute these items to the children and families who need them most.
Make this a family project – get your children involved. Help them see how they can make an impact on someone else’s life.
Maybe your family can give up soda/pop for a month and use that money to provide clean water. Maybe you would like to buy a family 5 ducks, so they can have eggs and meat on their table. There are so many ways your family can improve a child’s life . . . $350 worth of medical supplies for $35, $300 worth of clothing for $30, or $100 to help wherever it’s needed most.
Please join Rev and me in partnering with World Vision to make lives better here in the U.S. and around the world.
Let’s talk: Do you get the World Vision gift catalog? What gift is your favorite?