6 Humanitarian Gift Giving Ideas That Give Back So Much

A humanitarian is defined as someone who is devoted to the promotion of human welfare and the advancement of social reforms; a philanthropist.

 

Living Water InternationalLWI exists to demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water, and to experience “living water”-the gospel of Jesus Christ-which alone satisfies the deepest thirst. Provide a cup of water in Jesus’ name.

 

CRS Fair Trade LogoCatholic Relief Services– Through the Work of Human Hands program, Catholic Relief Services and our nonprofit partner, SERRV, offer you the chance to buy high quality, fairly traded handcrafts and gourmet food items from disadvantaged producers all over the world. Buy directly for yourself and your loved ones.

 

knitting basketHeifer International– Choose a meaningful gift to give a loved one and help children and families around the world receive training and animal gifts that help them become self-reliant. By making an animal gift, you will be giving those in need an opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty, with a gift that also honors your friends and family.

 

Christmas shoes logoIn light of the necessities of life, walking barefoot may seem minor. But for millions of children around the world, their bare feet are subjected to infections that can lead to crippling consequences, disease and even death. Your gift of $32 will help provide 10 pairs of shoes, or a gift of $64 will help provide 20 pairs of shoes- give a child the gift of shoes this Christmas.

 

Trivani– The Trivani Foundation reaches out to the sick, hungry, and impoverished of the world, focusing primarily on humanitarian aid in underdeveloped areas, to those who need it most. Some projects include schools, clinics, water storage tanks, microfinance loans, biogas digesters, and facial reconstructive and cataract surgeries.

This Christmas, become a Child Guardian, and give a special child the gift of all of the food, clothing,

Trivani Skin Care Products

education, and medical attention he or she needs. To become a Trivani Child Guardian is to become a protector of life, a provider of hope, and a guardian over a brighter future- all for one little child in need. Or give a loved one the gift of safe health and personal care products, that will protect the world’s people, the environment, and help feed, clothe and educate my sponsored child, Sujan.

 

MannaMANNA delivers care and hope by nourishing people who are at acute nutritional risk due to a life-threatening illness. Support MANNA by participating in the Pie in the Sky program- no Christmas feast can be without a delicious pie. For every MANNA pie that you purchase for your holiday meal, every pie provides three meals to one of our clients, and every helping helps! If you live in the Philadelphia area, purchase a few pies, but hurry- you only have until December 21st. (Be sure to try the apple crumb pie- so yummy!)

 

Advent Conspiracy

How leading retailers’ messages rate

Last updated: 12/2/08

We welcome your use of these ratings in your shopping decisions. As an additional way to help you communicate with the retailers we evaluated, we are providing the convenience of a petition which you can sign by visiting focuspetitions.com.

Retailers will be presented with petitions – thanking those that embrace “Christmas,” and alerting those that have purged or marginalized “Christmas” that you object to the secularization of Christmas. We hope you will “stand for Christmas” with us and encourage the continued acknowledgement of this historic Christian observance in our culture.

 

“Christmas-friendly” retailers – prominent acknowledgment of “Christmas”

Bass Pro Shops*
Bed, Bath & Beyond
Best Buy
Cabela’s
Circuit City
Crate&Barrel
Dillard’s
Eddie Bauer
JCPenney
Kohl’s
L.L.Bean
Lands’ End
Linens ‘n Things
Lowe’s
Macy’s
Neiman Marcus
Nordstrom
Pier 1 Imports
Sears
The Home Depot
Target
Toys “R” Us
Wal-Mart 


“Christmas-negligent” retailers – marginalized use of “Christmas”

Barnes & Noble
Borders
Dick’s Sporting Goods
GAP
KB Toys
Kmart
 

“Christmas-offensive” retailers – apparent abandonment of “Christmas”

American Eagle
Banana Republic
Bloomingdale’s
Lane Bryant
Old Navy
   

* National retailers that contacted us to note their support for Christmas.

 

Originally published by Focus on the Family Action. Copyright © 2008 Focus on the Family Action.