Having two young children has given me a better appreciation for all the good things in our life. Before, the children we had a great time traveling and decorating our house without a second thought about cost. When our children were born we cut back as our spending went up and that's when I took couponing and freebie searching to a whole new level. After a few years going crazy with couponing, material things such as freebies started to take a back seat and not be a priority anymore. I realized it was more important to spend time with my family because that time can never be replaced. We are thankful for our health, our children's happiness and ability to provide. So, I'm starting to move onto giving back because it is the right thing to do.
Recently, we asked our children to consider donating their old toys to those who lost their belongings during hurricane Sandy. The donation sparked up some great conversation between the kids and I and it just melts my heart to hear how concerned the kids were for those who lost their house, belongings and even loved ones during the event. After all said and done, we packed up 5 large boxes of toys and another 5 large boxes of clothes. It felt good to donate and the kids continue to find toys that they think another child might like. As I shudder at the thought of having to wrap the endless number of toys that I have set aside in our closet for their Christmas presents I think again to those less fortunate.
This holiday season, bring donations to your family conversation. Let the scarf around your neck, the ornaments on your tree or the wooden spoon spark up lively, meaningful conversation. You can do this by checking out the World Vision Gift Catalog. What I like about World Vision's gift catalog is that you can make a donation and get a gift for yourself or your loved one.
This beautiful 100% Thai silk scarf would be great for the cold winter days and a nice addition to your party outfit. Make a donation of $125 or more to the World Vision's Maximum Impact Fund and you'll receive the scarf. The scarf are hand-woven and sure to be a conversation starter. Your donation is tax-deductible less the fair market value of $40. It is great to know that most of the Maximum Impact Fund items in the holiday catalog are made by micro-enterprising artisans around the world and the sale proceeds directly benefit their communities.
Here are some other items in the World Vision gift catalog that caught my eye.
Learn how you can give a meaningful gift that can change a family's life for good in this You Tube video.
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by their Christian values, they are dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.
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Disclosure: I was provided a Thai Silk Scarf for review and a giveaway in exchange for my review of the World Vision Holiday Gift Catalog. All others opinions may vary.