Many of you who are regular readers here know that this September I travelled with World Vision Canada to Colombia. While I was there for the better part of a week I toured many of the area development programs where the work of volunteers and staff at World Vision Canada is changing lives. The experience was life altering and heartbreaking all at once. I saw children who had grown up with World Vision Canada sponsorship and become leaders in their communities. I recently wrote about Johan Espinosa who impressed me so because he has spent his life working with World Vision and has inspired others to do the same. It was an honour to see lives changed because of people in Canada and their generosity.
This Wednesday night Linked Moms are talking about World Vision Canada Christmas gifts. We hope you will join us in generating conversation about holiday gift giving and how you can use the holidays to make a difference for others. Teaching my kids compassion is a huge goal that is lifelong. So this year we sponsored a child and we also have chosen two gifts from the World Vision gift catalogue.
This holiday season we are hoping more families will take them time to visit the World Vision Canada gift catalogue. We want people to think about gifting things that make a difference this year. Choose to buy your child’s teacher a World of Change giving card. Choose to gift one of the many beautiful artisan gifts that give back to the people who have created them. Perhaps you might gift some fruit trees, or a pig, chickens, or goats.
Margarita Ibbott gifted several items to her family members already. I love how she matched the gifts with each personality in her family. Her sporty child chose a gift of soccer balls. Her husband chose a gift that gives back. Angie Long Pitre has also had the same conversation with her children. She is giving gifts with heart to many of her loved ones this year. Olfa Turki at Our Family World is also sharing her vision for a heartfelt Christmas, executed with help of World Vision gift catalogue, as is Merry Spooner Kuchle in Alberta and Heather Oliver Hamilton in Richmond Hill. Many Moms and bloggers and friends are choosing gifts that help build an entire community this year and we hope you will too. You can also read Stephanie’s post here and Candace’s post about stocking stuffers. Gifts from the catalogue don’t have to cost a lot to be meaningful.
Please RSVP to win some of the prizes that we have available throughout the evening.
We have over $400 in prizing to give to you. Some of the presents would be perfect for your loved ones this year. Each of the presents here represents a gift that helps a child, or an entire community in one of over 90 countries that World Vision has a presence in. While in Colombia, I was able to see how a simple gift of soccer balls can change the lives of two young men, sponsored as children and now studying to become phys ed teachers. Those same young men were inspiring an entire team of 45 boys by giving them a chance to play and a healthy lifestyle with sports and goals, in a community plagued by poverty and the threat of domestic heroin use.
We have: SIX gifts to give away:
Three – WORLD OF CHANGE gift cards valued at $30 each.
One gorgeous artisan silk scarf (valued at $95.) It’s handcrafted in VietNam, in a small If you are a scarf girl like me, then you know someone who would love this pretty piece.
One beautiful Haitian hand beaded necklace valued at $85
And a stylish silver cuff bracelet valued at $95.
You can read more about my journey in Colombia and the work that World Vision does:
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Leave me a comment too while you are at it. Have you visited the World Vision Canada gift catalogue yet?