Give a Gift, Help a Family, Win Jewelry



"Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime”

I have always loved this quote. Contributing to self-sufficiency programs is such a wonderful way of giving because it sets the beneficiaries up for the long term, empowers them to help themselves, and preserves their dignity. But I think there's one part missing: the man's going to need a net, otherwise he's going to come home empty handed. The world is full of bright, hardworking people who just can't get a leg up because they don't have the infrastructure or can't afford a small capital investment to get started.

When the World Vision Gift Catalog asked me to blog about my thoughts on their unique gift-giving ideas, I didn't hesitate. I actually received the World Vision gift catalog a couple of weeks ago, and I think it's truly the perfect holiday present for someone who has everything.

Making donations in someone else's name as a holiday present is nothing new, but the World Vision Gift Catalog puts a personalized twist to it. You don't just make a straight cash donation (although you can, and they offer some beautiful free gifts when you make donations to their Maximum Impact Fund), you're buying actual items like donkeys or fish. Who would want a stinky old animal? A poor family in Rwanda would -- that's where your gift goes, and that's where the real Christmas spirit lies. Your gift recipient gets a happy, warm feeling, and the physical gift actually benefits people around the world who truly need a holiday gift.

There is such a wide variety of gifts and causes in this catalog to suit anyone's tastes. You can choose a cause that's especially close to your gift recipient's heart. For example, I would love to receive a couple of ducks because they benefit families in the Philippines, where I'm from. Or you can tailor the gift to your recipient's tastes and personality. For example, you could give soccer balls to a soccer fan -- only he won't be kicking the balls around, poor children in Africa or Asia or Latin America will. Or you could give a duck to an animal lover. Or a deep water well to a swimmer.

The only negative thing I can think of to say about this program is the obvious Christian focus, which could turn some people off. I don't know how many bibles or missionary pitches come along with the rabbits and sheep, but "Shining God's light on 100 million people" (that was on page 2 of their catalog) may not be something that an atheist or Hindu might want to contribute money towards. But honestly, it's hard to argue that this is a bad cause, whether you're Christian (disclosure: I'm a Catholic) or not. Helping people help themselves is something that every person of every faith, or lack of it, can believe in!


Win It!
To help spread awareness of the catalog and all the great things you can do for needy families this season, World Vision has generously provided a beautiful piece of jewelry to give away to one lucky Bonggamom Finds reader! Depending on availability, the winner will receive one of the following:

A bracelet handcrafted in Uganda by women actively engaged in caring for children in thier communities who have lost parents to AIDS. This bracelet is a colorful reminder of how your gift is changing lives.




A handcrafted Thai necklace, available in either black or blue, constructed of wooden beads. This unique neck piece was made in a project that helps protect vulnerable girls from exploitation.




A handcrafted Thai bracelet. This lovely piece of jewelry was made in a project that helps protect vulnerable girls from exploitation. The beads are wooden, and the item is available in either blue or black



To enter, head to www.worldvisiongifts.org and take a look at all the wonderful presents you can give. Then come back here and leave a comment telling me which present you would give and who you would give the present to.

For extra entries, you can do any or all of the following:

1) Become a fan of World Vision Gifts on Facebook and post something on their Wall (leave a comment here with your Facebook id).

2) Tweet the message below, then come back and leave a comment here with a link to your tweet:

What 2 get this holiday 4 someone who has everything? How about a goat or pig from the World Vision Gift Catalog!

3) Tweet the message below, then come back and leave a comment here with a link to your tweet:

4) Tweet this giveaway (leave a comment with a link to your tweet). Here is a sample tweet you can copy and paste:

Win beautiful handcrafted jewelry from @bonggafinds http://tinyurl.com/yc77ore


Maximum of 5 entries per person. This giveaway ends at midnight PST on December 7, 2009; I will draw a winner at random on December 8 and post the winner's name on the comments section soon after. The prize for this giveaway is subject to availability: the winner will receive one of the three items listed above, but the sponsor cannot guarantee which of the three items will be sent. For additional giveaway rules, click here. Good luck!



Disclaimer: I did not receive a goat or a pig or any of the samples in the catalog. And even though Alfie would love to get one of those Family fishing kits that the catalog offers, we both agree that many other families could put it to far better use. I'm running this post and giveaway simply because I applaud World Vision's efforts to help families create better lives for themselves, and I'm happy to give them the exposure on my blog. I did not receive any financial compensation, nor any of the items that World Vision offers as incentives for donors. sample or monetary compensation for this post. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

58 Comments, Leave yours here:

Anonymous said...

I would give education for 1 child... we believe that this is one of the best gifts that any child can receive.

tintinalex@hotmail.com

moushka on November 23, 2009 at 12:54 PM said...

My Sister used to work at World Vision. They are a great company!

Small business loan for a women. That way she can become self sufficient.

Peggy on November 26, 2009 at 10:30 PM said...

I love that I can buy a Hope for Sexually Exploited Girls and give to my friend for Xmas and help many.
Thanks
matternu@gmail.com

Peggy on November 26, 2009 at 10:35 PM said...

FB fan and posted
http://www.facebook.com/TrueSpiritOfChristmas?v=feed&story_fbid=189815891665&ref=mf
matternu@gmail.com

Peggy on November 26, 2009 at 10:37 PM said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/velvet1116/status/6105202116
matternu@gmail.com

Michele P. on November 28, 2009 at 9:02 AM said...

I would give the $350 worth of necessities to a US child in poverty... it seems so sad that the United States is featured along with other third world countries nowadays-but working in fuel assistance I know that the need is there, and only continues to rise given the situation we have here with our economy. (btw, nothing against 3rd world countries, my hubby is from Guatemala)

micaela6955 at msn dot com

Michele P. on November 28, 2009 at 9:06 AM said...

tweeted the first message http://twitter.com/micaela6955/status/6145373513

micaela6955 at msn dot com

Michele P. on November 28, 2009 at 9:08 AM said...

tweeted giveaway msg http://twitter.com/micaela6955/status/6145488766

micaela6955 at msn dot com

Randominities on December 5, 2009 at 4:17 PM said...

I would give 2 chickens. I love this particular charity. It's wonderful!

Erika*Coffee on December 5, 2009 at 5:04 PM said...

I would like to provide Job Training for Girls and Women

Erika*Coffee on December 5, 2009 at 5:06 PM said...

I would like to provide Job Training for Girls and Women

Amber on December 5, 2009 at 5:31 PM said...

I would like to give a goat and two chickens on behalf of my nephew!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

mmc67 on December 6, 2009 at 9:44 AM said...

I would buy Hope for Sexually Exploited Girls on behalf of my aunt who works with sexually assulted children

mmc67 on December 6, 2009 at 9:47 AM said...

fanned them on facebook and commented under name Michelle M Carter

mmc67 on December 6, 2009 at 9:48 AM said...

Tweeted RE http://bit.ly/6QNtRw

Lisa on December 6, 2009 at 10:21 AM said...

$350 Worth of Necessities in the USA because it's really important to start at home.

Lisa on December 6, 2009 at 10:23 AM said...

I tweeted.
http://twitter.com/shoesandsocks/status/6405848120

Lisa on December 6, 2009 at 10:24 AM said...

I tweeted.
http://twitter.com/shoesandsocks/status/6405861321

Rebecca L on December 6, 2009 at 10:29 AM said...

I would give Education for 1 Child to a child in need. Education provides opportunity and hope for a better future.

Rebecca L on December 6, 2009 at 10:31 AM said...

tweeted the world vision message: http://twitter.com/beckysweeps13/status/6406060275

Rebecca L on December 6, 2009 at 10:32 AM said...

tweeted about this giveaway: http://twitter.com/beckysweeps13/status/6406077233

jennem on December 6, 2009 at 3:41 PM said...

As a gift, I'd like to donate to China Earthquake Relief in the name of my daughter, whom we adopted from China.
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I would love to give the $350 Worth of Necessities in the USA it is really needed now days!
shawnac68@hotmail.com

~*~lilshuga2001~*~ on December 6, 2009 at 8:21 PM said...

id be fortunate to gift the $250 for necessities!

Thanks for the chance~!~

Anonymous said...

Wow, first of all, that jewelry is so beautiful - what detail they put in! And secondly, I love the unique idea of giving an actual animal to someone in need - that kind of direct impact is so amazing and missing in so many of the typical charity venues.

Beyond that, as a struggling entrepreneur myself, I'd love to be able to give a Small Business Loan for Women - what a great gift of self sufficiency and vote of confidence.

kiwij7 [at] gmail [dot] com

taylor on December 7, 2009 at 2:02 AM said...

A goat and two chickens for my neice Amber!
electricisland(at)gmail.com

taylor on December 7, 2009 at 2:04 AM said...

tweet, http://twitter.com/electricisland/status/6426912255

intime on December 7, 2009 at 2:34 AM said...

I would use it for $350 Worth of Necessities in the US intime@myself.com

Mleanie said...

Wow, this is a great organization!
I would donate a pair of rabbits so that they could multiply!


clarkmurdock@yahoo.com

Jackee Ann on December 7, 2009 at 11:52 AM said...

I would give $350 Worth of Necessities in the USA
happeejackee at gmail dot com

Jackee Ann on December 7, 2009 at 11:52 AM said...

Became a fan of World Vision Gifts on Facebook, made a comment, Jack S.
happeejackee at gmail dot com

Jackee Ann on December 7, 2009 at 11:58 AM said...

Tweet #1 http://twitter.com/happeegirl/status/6440077768
happeejackee at gmail dot com

Jackee Ann on December 7, 2009 at 11:59 AM said...

Tweet #2 http://twitter.com/happeegirl/status/6440089488
happeejackee at gmail dot com

AEKZ2 on December 7, 2009 at 2:56 PM said...

Education for three children sounds wonderful.

Tiffany on December 7, 2009 at 5:16 PM said...

I would give the gift of eduacation. We currently sponsor a child in Chile.

mckenziesmother@hotmail.com

Tiffany on December 7, 2009 at 5:18 PM said...

i am a fan on facebook. My name is tiffany lane

mckenziesmother@hotmail.com

dhunt on December 7, 2009 at 5:42 PM said...

Would love to win this!!

Deb K on December 7, 2009 at 7:18 PM said...

I would give Provide $350 worth of basics to U.S. children~as I think that is great how little it costs to do so much!



deb55106(at)gmail(dot)com

Deb K on December 7, 2009 at 7:22 PM said...

I am a fan of World Vision Gifts on Facebook and posted on their Wall

Deb S

deb55106(at)gmail(dot)com

Deb K on December 7, 2009 at 7:26 PM said...

1st Tweet!
http://twitter.com/Deb55106/status/6452469854


deb55106(at)gmail(dot)com

Deb K on December 7, 2009 at 7:28 PM said...

2nd Tweet!
http://twitter.com/Deb55106/status/6452521206

deb55106(at)gmail(dot)com

Atreau on December 7, 2009 at 8:52 PM said...

I would donate the Business Loan for AIDS Affected Women in my sister's name.

Gianna on December 7, 2009 at 10:38 PM said...

$350 Worth of Necessities in the USA for children.

twifanheather on December 7, 2009 at 11:15 PM said...

The $350 Worth of Necessities in the USA would be nice for my sister.

twifanheather on December 7, 2009 at 11:16 PM said...

I tweeted!
http://twitter.com/_HeatherAnne_/status/6457484125

twifanheather on December 7, 2009 at 11:17 PM said...

I tweeted about the giveaway!
http://twitter.com/_HeatherAnne_/status/6457536075

masonsgranny59 on December 7, 2009 at 11:25 PM said...

$350 Worth of Necessities in the USA from my grandkids

Swtlilchick on December 7, 2009 at 11:48 PM said...

I would buy 2 chickens for my mother
in law to s give children and families a lasting source of nutrition and income

CharlieGurl57@aol.com

Swtlilchick on December 7, 2009 at 11:53 PM said...

Fan of World Vision Gifts on Facebook
and comment:(Charlene Kuser)

http://www.facebook.com/TrueSpiritOfChristmas#/Swtlilchick?ref=profile

CharlieGurl57@aol.com

purango on December 7, 2009 at 11:54 PM said...

I would give $300 Worth of Necessities in The USA to my father. garrettsambo@aol.com

Swtlilchick on December 7, 2009 at 11:55 PM said...
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Swtlilchick on December 7, 2009 at 11:58 PM said...

Tweet for World Vision (Swtlilchick)
http://twitter.com/Swtlilchick/status/6458092046

CharlieGurl57@aol.com

Swtlilchick on December 7, 2009 at 11:58 PM said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Swtlilchick on December 7, 2009 at 11:59 PM said...

Tweeted giveaway:Swtlilchick
http://twitter.com/Swtlilchick/status/6457877749

CharlieGurl57@aol.com

lilyk on December 8, 2009 at 12:39 AM said...

I would give a goat in my friend's name.

lilyk on December 8, 2009 at 12:42 AM said...

I became a fan of World Vision Gifts on Facebook and posted a comment on their wall under the name Lily Kwan/likwan.

Bonggamom on December 9, 2009 at 9:51 AM said...

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to everyone for entering, and congratulations to the winner: #25, kiwij7!

henrylow on January 4, 2010 at 12:26 AM said...

The Center for Media Research has released a study by Vertical Response that shows just where many of these ‘Main Street’ players are going with their online dollars. The big winners: e-mail and social media. With only 3.8% of small business folks NOT planning on using e-mail marketing and with social media carrying the perception of being free (which they so rudely discover it is far from free) this should make some in the banner and search crowd a little wary.

www.onlineuniversalwork.com

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