SEATTLE, Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- In a year that
has been especially challenging and uncertain, World Vision is
urging families to choose hope, embracing the meaning behind the
season, and finding joy in helping others.
"In our own neighborhoods and churches, we see the economic
hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are moved to
help. My prayer for this Christmas is even as we may be more
isolated physically, God will use this moment to bring us closer to
his heart for those desperately in need, who are often unseen and
forgotten," said Edgar Sandoval Sr,
President and CEO of World Vision U.S.
It's an especially critical year for children in the world's
toughest places. Due to the economic impact of the pandemic and
shutdowns, more than 70 million more people could be pushed back
into extreme poverty – the first rise in global poverty since 1998.
World Vision is estimating this could put up to 10 million children
at risk of famine if immediate action isn't taken.
World Vision is especially encouraged that this Giving Tuesday,
an anonymous donation will allow families to double their impact in
helping vulnerable children and families. Any gift given to
the World Vision Fund on Giving Tuesday,
Dec. 1, will be matched, up to $1
And through World Vision's Gift Catalog, making a difference can
be not only be powerful for those in need, but also for those on
your Christmas list. The Catalog features hundreds of life-changing
items ranging in price from $16 to
$39,000. They include handmade gifts,
livestock, water filtration systems, economic empowerment services,
access to medicine, clothing, school supplies and more. Shoppers
give the gifts in a loved one's name and send a personalized card
describing the gift and its impact.
This year's catalog includes Family Emergency Kits, which have
been provided to over 55,000 families impacted by the pandemic so
far this year. These kits provide non-perishable food for a
family of five and are being distributed across United States in partnership with churches and
schools to reach those who need it most.
If you want something under the tree for your loved one, the
Celebrity-Designed Artisan-Made Collection gifts not only create a
unique and memorable present for loved ones, but also gives
families the tools to lift themselves out of poverty.
World Vision partners with Gifts with a Cause, a fair trade
organization that provides a sustainable income to artists in
developing countries. Each artisan receives a living wage, a safe
place to work, business development training and opportunities to
build long-term business relationships in their communities.
This year, Emmy® Award-winning actor, producer and author
Patricia Heaton; actor, director and
producer Melissa Joan Hart;
Sadie Robertson Huff, TV personality
and best-selling author; Leanne
Ford, interior designer, author and HGTV star; and Wé
McDonald, singer and author, all have items featured in the
catalog. Each woman lent her unique style to the design of a
beautiful artisan-made gift.
Proceeds from the handcrafted gifts in the catalog go to the
World Vision Fund, which addresses specific, urgent needs in World
Vision's humanitarian work that empower people out of poverty.
Launched 25 years ago, the World Vision Gift Catalog is one of
the most popular gift-giving platforms for families across
the United States.
To order from World Vision's Gift Catalog visit
www.worldvision.org or call 1-855-WV-GIFTS
About the World Vision Gift
Since 1996, the World Vision Gift
Catalog has given people the opportunity to better the lives of
children, adults and communities in the U.S. and around the world
through hundreds of gifts in all different areas of need: clean
water, food, education, sexual exploitation, job training and
others. To order from World Vision's Gift Catalog,
visit www.worldvision.org or call toll-free at
About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization conducting
relief, development, and advocacy activities in its work with
children, families, and their communities in nearly 100 countries
to help them reach their full potential by tackling the causes of
poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of
religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. For more information,
visit www.WorldVision.org/media-center/ or
on Twitter @WorldVisionUSA.
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