Gift Giving with Impact: The World Vision Gift Catalog

By Boaz Wadel

SEATTLE (September 25, 2013) - 'Tis the season for giving, and there has never been a better year to give back; U.S. consumer spending finally experienced a 2 percent uptick in 2012, marking a season of great opportunity for giving with intention. The 2013 World Vision Gift Catalog, a collection of more than 100 meaningful gifts for those who need them most, gives individuals the opportunity to make a personal impact on the complex causes of poverty.

Since 1996, the World Vision Gift Catalog has given individuals the opportunity to better the lives of children, adults and communities in the U.S. and around the world in all different areas of need: clean water, food, education, sexual exploitation, job training and others.

When you choose an item in the World Vision Gift Catalog - be it a goat, school supplies, or a share of a deep well - you are directly changing someone's life for the better in a specific and personal way.

Last fiscal year, over 800,000 people in the U.S. and around the world were helped through the Gift Catalog. That's roughly equivalent to the whole city of San Francisco!

Yet the biggest impact often starts small. This year, Gift Catalog items ranging from as little as $10 make it easy and affordable to help another; for just $16 -the cost of your average t-shirt - you can feed a whole family in the U.S. for a day, provide a solar lamp for a student who otherwise can't do their homework in the evenings, or give two soccer balls to children who love the sport yet may not own a single toy.

After purchasing a Gift Catalog item, the person in whose name the gift was given can receive a personalized card describing the gift and its impact. Through contributions made specifically to the Maximum Impact Fund, donors receive handmade gifts such as silk scarves, a fair trade coffee set or jewelry that make beautiful gifts to loved ones and carry deep meaning.

To order from World Vision's Gift Catalog, visit www.worldvisiongifts.orgTo order by phone or to request a print catalog, call toll-free at (885) WV-GIFTS.