Friday 5 November 2010

Humanitarian gifts for the holidays

Meaningful. Unique. Eco-friendly. Lifesaving. When was the last time you received a holiday gift that was even one or two of these things? A couple of days ago, I blogged about what I'd do if I won £40000 and I mentioned that I'd like to spend part of the money to sponsor a child in a Third World country. Well, I've just discovered a really easy way to give a worthwhile gift that will help others this Christmas. What do you buy for the person who has everything ? Well - a gift for someone who hasn't !

This holiday season, the International Rescue Committee is offering gifts that will warm the hearts of friends and family at the same time as they make a difference in the lives of refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At the IRC store, giftgivers can purchase critical items for refugees in honour of their loved ones - the IRC will send recipients a beautiful personalized card in the giftgiver’s name.

Giving IRC gifts means capturing the true spirit of the season:

· A $24 first aid kit can provide a community health worker with the tools to treat basic ailments in a community affected by crisis. It’s the perfect gift to dedicate in honor of a son or daughter in medical or nursing school.

· A $52 prenatal care gift can provide essential care for an expectant mother living in a war-torn area. What mother wouldn’t be touched at having this gift given in her name?

· A farming kit, including seeds and tools, to help a family grow food, is $60, and makes a great gift for the friend with a green thumb.

· Summer school for a newly arrived refugee child in the U.S. is $100 and perfect to dedicate in honor of a teacher or student.

· Carpentry toolkits that cost $182 can help refugees rebuild devastated homes and communities – and would make a thoughtful gift for the tinkerer, crafter or handyman.

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