Saturday, 21 December 2013

Send a gift this Christmas that will really transform lives in the developing world

Do you feel you are just going through the motions this Christmas spending money on unneeded gifts?

Some friends told me recently that they had given each of their children a £50 allowance to buy Christmas gifts for people living in developing countries.

Their kids had grasped the opportunity with both hands, putting careful thought into their purchases, and even adding some of their own savings in an effort to make a real difference in the lives of those they were seeking to help.

The idea of 'buying a goat for Christmas' is not new but it is amazing to see the huge variety of other gifts that are now available on line. And for not much outlay at all. 

Here are just a fraction of the gifts on offer.

On the Christian Aid you can buy a chicken for £9, a goat for £19, a group of ducklings for £25, a month’s food for a refugee family for £25, a sheep for £55 and a herd of goats for £76.

Samaritan's Purse is offering a mosquito net for £5, four chickens for £12, a kitchen garden and tools for £15 and two piglets for £31.

From CBM £15 will provide sight-saving vitamin A for 50 children, £26 will provide enough Mectizan tablets to help 40 families for an entire year - stopping the progression of River Blindness (Onchocerciasis) and freeing them from the associated, debilitating symptoms. £24 will pay for cataract surgery for an adult.

World Vision is offering maize seeds (£9), blankets (£10) and malaria testing kits (£14).

These are just a few of the hundreds of imaginative options on these sites and others like Oxfam and Save the Children.

Why not make someone you have never met feel special this Christmas?

Jesus Christ said, 'Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.' (Luke 12:33)

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