Christmas is less than three months away (shriek!). Cue the yearly tradition of figuring out what to get everyone on your list. Spending money on things that you aren’t sure your friends or family will use or even like. It happens every year especially when you are buying gifts for teachers and others you don’t know that well. Unfortunately, it can begin to feel like more of a chore than a part of the joyful Christmas season.
This year I am looking for ways to put the joy back into this joyous season. One way I am planning to do that for me (and Evan) is to give gifts that are about helping others instead of about giving stuff. One great way to do that is give using World Vision Canada Gifts. Their gifts start at $30 and you can pick how you want to help.
- Focus on helping a family support themselves with agriculture by spending $100 on a goat or $30 on fruit trees.
- Help a child receive an education by supplying a classroom for $50 or improving literacy for $30 (these are both GREAT options for your child’s teacher).
- Keep children healthy by stocking a medical clinic for $100 or buying medications for 10 children for $30.
- Have a book club or other organization that wants to give back? Pool your money to buy one of the larger World Vision gifts like a $2500 share to drill a well for a community.
- Some gifts even have a matching component where World Vision matches your donation by up to 14 times to maximize your impact.
Each of the options give me an opportunity to talk to Evan about helping others instead of spending money only on ourselves. Many of the gifts go to help children just like him which really helps him see the value of helping them. While I make sure to tell him that we should help everyone, it really hits home when he sees kids that are the same age as he is. It is easy for him to take his food, education and medical care for granted and assume everyone has the same access to each as he does. As an adult, it is easy to forget that having food, water and education is all he has ever known….how would he know that other kids might not have that?
World Vision Canada has a presence in over 100 countries so your donation can help children and families all across the world. This Christmas, we will be using part of our Christmas budget to help those in need around the world while also helping those in need close to home.