The Holiday season has come to an end as the year 2013 has. Most people will be making New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, save money, love more freely or be a better person in some way. Christmas is said to be the season of giving, but for many, their New Year’s resolution will be to just survive another year. I am not talking just in foreign countries but in our own backyards. But what can we do it about it?
If you’re like me, and many other people, you don’t want any more monthly obligations – no remembering to deduct the amount from your account each month due to pledges or monthly installments. Each year I spend a decent amount of money on gifts for birthdays for many people in my family. Half of the time, I don’t know if they even like what I got them, usually they have everything they need already.
This year my resolution is to give them a better gift, a gift of a better world. One gift, that falls within my budget. A gift that I can put in their name and that will help someone else in the world for years to come. I hear you starting to say “but surely it is way more expensive?” No, it is not. Did you know the average person spends $51.60 on a single gift? (as found on the website for the Retail Foundation.)
What if I told you that for $25.00 you could provide $250 worth of necessities for an family in the United States? What if I told you that $30.00 will buy 5 ducks that will provide eggs to feed a family for years. And, for $35.00, will provide care for orphans and widows affected by the AIDS epidemic and your family member will receive a Handmade Ugandan bracelet made by the women who care for the orphans.
World Vision Gifts has a wide variety that you can chose from to donate in the name of a family member for any occasion. So if your Aunt Agnes has a special place in her heart for educating girls you can donate to send a girl to school in her name. What if your kids always say they want to help the children in starving countries? Your gift to them is to show them they helped provides seeds for two families to grow drought resistant cabbage, carrots, rice, peas and many other nutrient rich vegetables.
I am so very blessed. This year, my journey in faith has led me to have been given the opportunity to get to know and experience a gift from World Vision and learn about their wonderful organization. World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice. They are working in nearly 100 countries around the world, serving all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.
World Vision started with one man trying to help one child in one country with just $5. Imagine what we can do with our gifts through this organization? Today, we help more than four million children in nearly 100 countries… that is what we can do with this organization and our family gifts.
This year my resolution, my World Vision for 2014, is that my gifts will be from MY heart. A heart filled with desire to spread the joy of giving throughout the year. I have almost all the birthdays planned out and the best part? I will have put more thought into the giving of these gifts than I have in the years passed. (click here to see a quick video of how the gifting process works)