Over the course of the holiday season, most Americans plan to make a charitable donation to at least one organization between Thanksgiving and Christmas. With so many worthy causes available both in the United States and abroad, it’s difficult to decide where to donate.
For me, it’s always hard especially at Christmastime, because I have an overwhelming desire to help others out in any way possible. It’s such a tough decision to pick one amazing organization over another, when so many people are in need of love and support.
One of my favorite organizations is World Vision, a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. It’s their mission to work with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.
Aside from making a direct donation to World Vision, you can also select from the World Vision Gift Catalog which offers a variety of handcrafted gifts from regional artisans. Your purchase truly makes a difference by helping to fight poverty and saving lives both in the United States and around the world.
The gifts offered by World Vision are not only beautiful in a material sense, but a blessing to both the recipient and the people helped by the organization. There are a wide variety of items available from World Vision such as:
Tree of Life Votive Holder – This lovely votive holder is handmade from cast-off materials. Artisans in India work hard to raise themselves out of poverty and help light the way for their children’s education.
Upcycled Artisanal Bowl – This stunning bowl is up-cycled from reclaimed industrial waste such as wires and metal. Artisans in India have hand bent and soldered each piece into inspirational shapes to create this artistic and elaborate bowl that is great as a decorative piece or to hold special items.
History’s First Coffee Blend – Citrus and chocolate pair up in this 10-ounce whole bean blend of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and Sumatra Permata Gayo coffees from farmers who are overcoming poverty with their earnings. An olivewood scoop and African bag complete the package. $75
Turquoise Medallion Necklace – Handmade by families in Delhi, this brightly-beaded medallion necklace adds a bold pop of color to any outfit.
Royal Silk Scarf – This gorgeous silk scarf adds color to the holidays and supports the needs of children and families worldwide. The luxurious silk is woven by Vietnam’s Ma Chau villagers, who receive sustainable income through their craft.
Mango Wood Beaded Bracelet – One creative community on the island of Java makes these unique bracelets to help provide a sustainable income and care for their children. The artisan group is led by a mother who pours her heart into her craft.
To help raise awareness of the World Vision Gift Catalog, World Vision would like to offer one of my readers all 6 of the above handcrafted gifts. You have five ways to enter this giveaway:
- Leave a comment on this post – what will your family be doing this Christmas season to help out those in need?
- Follow the Cincinnati Cents Twitter page and retweet this giveaway. Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
- Like Cincinnati Cents on Facebook. Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done so.
- Like World Vision on Facebook – let them know that Cincinnati Cents sent you. Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
- Follow the World Vision Twitter page and retweet this giveaway. Leave a separate comment letting me know that you’ve done this.
Please make sure you leave a separate comment for each method of entry on this post.
This giveaway ends at 8:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 14th, and is open to all U.S. residents, ages 18 years or older. The winner will be selected randomly, and will be notified by e-mail. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. If no response is received by that time, a new winner will be chosen.
Disclaimer: This giveaway was provided by World Vision. All opinions expressed on Cincinnati Cents are (as always!) mine.