With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas ahead, gift shopping is an activity that millions of people will be participating in over the next couple weeks.
If you’re looking to avoid the holiday stress, or if you’re looking to try something different this year, consider looking through the gift catalogs of the following organizations for meaningful gifts that could impact lives:
Sample Gift: New Backpack and School Supplies for a Child ($50) - At the beginning of the school year and throughout, children in Buckner’s foster care, after-school, and mentoring programs are in need of backpacks and school supplies. These children often come into Buckner’s programs with nothing to call their own. A $50 gift provides a child with a new backpack and school supplies.
Christian Aid Mission
Sample Gift: Sewing Machine ($80) - Desperate to support their children, some women in developing countries resort to prostitution. They need a better way. For a gift of $80, a ministry can equip a talented woman to become a self-sustaining disciple of Christ.
Sample Gift: Baby's Medical Care for One Year ($55) - Imagine not having the money to pay for your baby’s needed vaccinations or medical checkups, especially during that vital first year when infants are especially vulnerable. Your gift will ensure that an impoverished mom has access to these basic services through the first 12 months of her baby’s life.
Sample Gift: A Pair of Shoes ($5) - Send a pair of shoes to the poor. The pair you send will likely be the first they've ever owned!
Food for the Poor
Sample Gift: 20 Chicks to Provide Eggs ($25) - The gift of baby chicks provides a poor family not only with a sustainable source of protein from eggs, but also with supplemental income from selling extra eggs. Chickens are inexpensive to raise and maintain, and the protein provided by eggs helps prevent the devastating effects of malnutrition.
Gospel for Asia
Sample Gift: Bicycles for Missionaries ($110) - Traveling from village to village is no longer a difficult burden for missionaries with this gift.
Sample Gift: Household Water Filters ($100) - More than a million people in 30 countries enjoy safe, clean water from household filters built by Samaritan’s Purse. Simple to use and maintain, these filters remove harmful pollutants and bacteria like E. coli through a natural process requiring no electricity or chemicals. It only costs $100 to give a family a lifetime of healthy water.
Sample Gift: Clothing for Children ($30) - Right now, relentless harsh weather is closing in on millions of children who are completely unprepared. Not only does this mean painfully cold months ahead, but these children are also at risk of deadly consequences like frostbite, hypothermia, influenza, and pneumonia. You can help them with a donation that will multiply eight times in impact thanks to generous corporate partners.
Wycliffe Bible Translators
Sample Gift: Christian Life Skills Textbooks for One Class of Children ($60) - Your gift provides professionally illustrated Bible lessons based on the Old and New Testaments for use in public and private schools in a number of African countries. Each lesson uses a Bible story to engage students from a variety of cultural backgrounds in classroom discussions that help them develop character qualities such as honesty and perseverance.
By NRB Staff
Published: December 4, 2014