Give Love and Hope: Change a …

Hand-Carved Salad Servers? A goat and 2 chickens? A dairy cow? A flock of chickens? Do the emotions of love and hope spring up in you, when you think of them? Maybe not yet, but I hope by the end of this post your view of farm animals and hand-crafted gifts will be a little different; and that your idea of a “gift” is elevated to convey more than momentary happiness or enthusiasm in the recipient. I hope that you will see how a gift that meets a critical need can send hope, love and a future to a place you’ve never even been, to someone you may never meet, but whose life can be changed by your actions and your unique gift choice.

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World Vision’s 2012 Christmas Catalog

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization that works with children, families and communities in almost 100 different countries, around the world, to help put an end to poverty and injustice. They provide emergency service to families and children who have been impacted by natural disasters or civil conflict. They also work with entire communities to develop long-term solutions for poverty and advocate for justice for the poor, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender. In short they bring hope and love into villages and homes where it may not have been experienced in some time. World Vision is financially transparent and accountable about how the funds they receive are used. I find that they work with great integrity to share the unconditional love of Christ through generosity and acts of service to those whose needs often go unseen by the rest of us. I’m so excited to let you know about them and about their Christmas Gift Catalog!


There are pages and pages, just like this of marvelously practical, uniquely life-changing gifts for you to choose from!

One way we experience the joy of giving is to share a Christmas gift, through World Vision, with a family we will likely never meet, but with whom we can share a small part of all the blessings we’ve been given. This year we’re so excited to be able to give the gift of a goat and two chickens! The catalog describes the gift like this:

“Goats nourish hungry children and families with healthy milk, cheese, and yogurt. Chickens provide fresh eggs that are rich in protein and nutrients, and extra eggs and chicks can be sold to pay for basics.

A dairy goat can give up to 16 cups of milk a day. Goat milk is easier to digest than cow’s milk and is an excellent source of calcium, protein, and other essential nutrients that growing children need. Goats are practical animals — flourishing in harsh climates while producing valuable manure to fertilize crops and vegetable gardens.

Chickens are equally easy to raise, and will naturally multiply to impact generations of children. Each family that receives chickens is asked to give back hatched chicks to help another family in need. Chicks require little money, space, or food to thrive and grow — making them an ideal business venture for a single mom or vulnerable family. “

There are dozens of possible livestock gifts, but you can also provide a gift that helps drill wells to bring fresh water to a village or one that provides clothing, education, shelter or medicine. The options are so plentiful and so worthwhile. World Vision also provides some gorgeous gifts that you can receive when you donate to their Maximum Impact Fund. Not only will your gift help others in need, but you can receive a beautiful handcrafted gift to share with someone else.

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My family was so blessed to have received this beautiful set of hand-carved serving spoons in a handmade fabric pouch. The spoons were hand crafted in Kenya, from olive wood. Donations received when these gorgeous spoons are ordered are used to benefit orphans of the Kamba tribe in Kenya.


World Vision is generously sponsoring a giveaway of a set of hand-carved serving spoons, like the ones pictured above. To enter, simply visit the World Vision website and browse through the online gift catalog. Leave a comment on this post, telling me which gift you would be most excited to give. Use the Rafflecopter form, below, to register your entries.

I received a set of hand-carved serving spoons in order to review them and test them in my own kitchen. A positive review was not required and no monetary compensation was received. I was not compelled to make a donation as a part of this post. It was something we were excited to do, as a family. As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own and based on my personal experience with the product and organization.

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  1. Danielle Royalegacy

    I like the share of a deep well gift. I have a deep well, and have given already for a deep well.

  2. JohnZ

    I love all the animal gifts. The Gift of the Month “club” looks interesting.

  3. Spring Ross

    I like the goats and chickens gift. I would love a goat myself… so I think that, it would really bless someone to have a goat and some chickens.

  4. Holly Thomas

    Business Loan for a Woman is a great gift idea!!

  5. Jessica P.

    I love the 13 Small Farm Animals for just $101!

  6. Cindy W.

    I love the idea of a goat and two chickens because they would provide so much for a $100 donation.

  7. Mer

    I like the share of the sheep. It’s great that even on tight budgets one can contribute!

  8. Debi H.

    A year of school for one orphan is only $70! Amazing!! So many of the options…especially the animals are so affordable and can help so many.

  9. Sue D

    I like the goat and chickens–we raise both and know how helpful they are.

  10. kindra baron

    I LOVE the ‘hope for sexually exploited girls’! I’ve bought gifts for this before…just pricks at my heart every time!

  11. Amy W.

    I like the gifts that multiply like the medicine. Making what I can give go even further.

  12. Maralea

    I like all the animal gifts!

  13. Wanda McHenry

    I like Stock a Health Clinic

  14. sandy weinstein

    the animal gifts

  15. Terra Heck

    Fishing Kit and 2 Chickens

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