Five on Friday: Gifts that Make a Difference

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With the holidays coming up, now is the perfect time to share Gifts that Make a Difference.
With the holidays coming up, now is the perfect time to share Gifts that Make a Difference.
Welcome to my Five on Friday series!  ‘Tis the season of giving, and instead of sharing my five favorite kitchen appliances or five cooking stocking stuffers under twenty-five bucks, I decided to take the time to inspire you to give something from the heart.

Whether in lieu of, or in addition to, a material gift, a Gift of Lasting Change is the perfect way to share the holiday spirit and empower those in poverty-stricken areas around the world. I recently came across a foundation that makes giving incredibly easy, and no matter what you’re passionate about, you’re sure to find something that you feel is worthy of giving. If you’ve never heard of CARE.org, CARE is a global humanitarian organization that fights poverty by empowering girls and women. On their website, you can see that the main causes they support are Agriculture, Basic Needs, Education, Urgent Needs, and Women’s Empowerment. When you choose your gift, you can notify your recipient with a card or not at all! The entire process is super easy.

First, let me explain how the CARE catalog works and how you can find varieties of gifts and price points that might be a good fit for you. Then, allow me to share just a handful of suggestions that I think you, as my readers, would appreciate. These gifts would not only be a truly generous and caring gift from the heart, but can make a real difference in a person’s life. Because everything-food is so front and center in my life, my five recommendations in this post entirely have to do with food. Without good food, we cannot nurture our bodies to do anything else. Without good food, nothing works. So check out just a handful of incredible gifts you can give…

Beehives $59   –  Get them buzzing with excitement with a CARE beehive kit. It comes with training on how to raise healthy and productive hives. Not only will honey help beekeepers earn a living, the cultivation of healthly bees will assist pollenation and agriculture around the hive. A very sweet win-win. 

With the holidays coming up, now is the perfect time to share Gifts that Make a Difference.

Family Garden $63  –  Good nutrition starts at home. With a family garden, CARE teaches poor families how to diversify their families’ diet with smallscale vegetable gardens that also allow them to experiment with new crops. This CARE Package grows over time!

With the holidays coming up, now is the perfect time to share Gifts that Make a Difference.

3-Packs of Drought Resistant Seeds $27  –  A CARE Package of drought-resistant seeds is like making it rain for a poor family that depends on subsistence agriculture. With rainy seasons becoming more unpredictable and crops failing as a result, families need hearty seeds that will withstand long dry spells to produce nutritious food.

With the holidays coming up, now is the perfect time to share Gifts that Make a Difference.

Human-Powered Water Pump $95  –  It turns out elbow grease makes great clean water. CARE helps communities learn to build and maintain people-powered water pumps, a low-cost way to provide safe drinking water to poor communities. Treadle pumps, for example, create suction that pulls water out of the ground when a user steps up and down on levers. Other designs like hand pumps also use human power to yield clean water.

With the holidays coming up, now is the perfect time to share Gifts that Make a Difference.

Chicken Coop $400  –  Unlike planted crops, chickens and other livestock can provide farmers with food and income year-round. To help farmers start raising chickens, CARE provides wire and boards to construct coops and pens. With clean, well-ventilated places to live, the chickens are more likely to stay healthy and fetch higher prices at local markets.

With the holidays coming up, now is the perfect time to share Gifts that Make a Difference.

Remember – there’s only three weeks until Christmas and many of us are already feeling like we’re in the “last-minute gift” stage. Instead of wasting your money on something that will leave your recipient wishing they had a gift receipt so they can make a return, why not give the thoughtful and selfless Gift of Lasting Change. Did you know that our busiest shopping day last year was December 24?  That tells us that people are sincerely stumped for gift ideas. Can you just imagine the impact if every single one of those last minute gifts ended up being a Gift of Lasting Change – a gift that really makes a difference – instead?

​As a reminder, there are gifts at almost every price for almost anyone you can think of!

·       For $25 you can supply kit to help a group of women start their own CARE village savings group.

·       For $45 you can buy a goat for a farmer.

·       For $143 you can send a girl to school for a year.

·       For $100 you can help a former child bride rebuild her life and support her family.

·       You can also buy a Quick Gift of support for CARE’s most urgent work.​

With the holidays coming up, now is the perfect time to share Gifts that Make a Difference.
What can you donate?
 
​As a reminder, there are gifts at almost every price for almost anyone you can think of!

·       For $25 you can supply kit to help a group of women start their own CARE village savings group.

·       For $45 you can buy a goat for a farmer.

·       For $143 you can send a girl to school for a year.

·       For $100 you can help a former child bride rebuild her life and support her family.

·       You can also buy a Quick Gift of support for CARE’s most urgent work.​


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