Give the Gift of Compassion

This post was supposed to be written before the holidays, but I had so much going on, the email got buried, and I sort of forgot about it. When I found it this morning at the bottom of my lengthy to-do list, I decided to write the post right here and now.

Christmas Day is behind us once again, but it is never too late to give, and many of you may even still have last minute gift giving to do. I know that our Christmas is far from over. Later this week we will travel to my parents’ home in Virginia where we will have a belated holiday celebration, and I haven’t quite finished my shopping yet! Am I alone?

Even if you have wrapped your last present, perhaps you will consider taking a look at the Gifts of Compassion catalog to see if you feel moved to give a gift either in your own name or someone else’s.

What are Gifts of Compassion?

A Gift of Compassion is the perfect gift alternative for your friends, family, co-workers and clients. No crowds, no lines, no stress – just a gift that will help make a difference in the life of a child living in one of the poorest communities of the world. Gifts include mosquito nets, soccer balls, chickens, goats, water filters, farm equipment, clean water and more. Gift prices range from $10 to $5000.

This is the PERFECT gift for the person “who has everything.” For just $16, you can provide a chicken to a family that will provide them with a source of income, eggs, and fertilizer for their gardens.  $55 buys a water filter which can clean up to 500 gallons of water per day.  $500 would purchase a computer that connects young people with the education, skills training and computer facilities they need to succeed in the modern world.

There is a gift available at any price point.  Even $10 will provide a mosquito net that gives children and their families a mosquito-free sleep and protection from malaria, which kills nearly one million people every year.

Compassion is an organization that is near and dear to my heart because our family supports a 12-year-old child in Uganda through Compassion’s ministry. Each month we send money to Opio Samaul, and he exchanges letters with my 11-year-old son. It’s a tangible way for our kids to see how children live in other parts of the world, and it allows us to give back just a small portion of what we’ve been given.

So if you have any gift buying left to do, or if you just feel moved to give back here at the end of the year, I urge you to peruse the Gifts of Compassion catalog and see what’s available in your price range.  At a time of year when we tend to get sick of all the excess, this is a great way to do something for someone who is truly in need.

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  1. We purchase gifts through World Vision, Living Water International, and The ApParent Project. World Vision is a lot like Compassion International – You can “give” everything from a chicken and a cow or education and soccer balls. Living Water digs wells in an effort to provide fresh/clean water for those who don’t have it. The ApParent Project is a ministry in Haiti. They have Haitian artisans that make beautiful jewelry and gorgeous hand stamped journals with handmade paper inside. The money that the artisans are paid help them keep their children from having to be sent to orphanages… Can you even imagine having to give up your own children because you couldn’t afford them?!?!

    Love your post! Thanks for writing it! And the best part about these organizations is that you can give through them for birthdays, anniversaries, other special occasions! 🙂

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