Giving a Christmas present that helps other human beings brings satisfaction and purpose to the season of giving. This year’s Catholic Relief Services’ Gift Catalog is designed to bring satisfaction to the giver and receiver, knowing they can make tangible improvements in the lives of vulnerable people in the developing world. The catalog contains 56 items that can help individuals, families and communities improve their lives for the long term, through education, regular health check-ups, access to clean water, vocational training, job creation and more.
Gift prices range from $25 to $5,000 in nine categories, such as ‘Rush Help in an Emergency,’ ‘Support Food and Farming’ and ‘Turn on the Water.’ For example, with as little as $25, you can help a survivor of a disaster. For $110 you can help a child receive an education.
It’s easy to match the interests of a loved one with a specific type of project. Know a mom who loves gardening? Then a gift for farmers would inspire her. CRS helps farmers work toward self-sufficiency and steward the Earth’s resources for future generations.
For the fathers, sons and uncles on your Christmas list, $75 can provide training for a water pump mechanic, so that wells can be maintained to keep clean water flowing. Having clean water nearby for drinking, cooking, washing, caring for livestock and irrigating crops creates a life changing improvement for poor communities overseas. After you select your gift, you can choose to send a beautiful printed or emailed card to let the recipient know you have made this generous gift in their honor.
Gift givers can feel confident in selecting CRS’ humanitarian projects as a present for a friend or loved one. CRS is one of the most efficient organizations in the world, with 93 percent of revenues spent directly for programs that benefit poor families overseas. CRS is known for its careful stewardship of resources, as well as for its technical expertise. CRS has more than 70 years of experience providing lifesaving services to people in need.
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. The agency alleviates suffering and provides assistance to people in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding. For more information, please visit crs.org or crsespanol.org and follow CRS on social media: Facebook, @CatholicRelief, @CRSnews, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.