Getting back to the true meaning of Christmas

Published: Mon 15 Nov 2010 02:41 PM
The Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund
November 15
Getting back to the true meaning of Christmas
TEAR Fund’s new Gift for Life catalogue is striking a chord with Kiwis who are sick of the Christmas consumerism and want to get back to the true meaning of Christmas gift-giving, according to TEAR Fund’s Sheena Duffy.
“People want to give gifts that mean something and Gift for Life is a great way of giving meaningfully instead of buying gifts destined to be lost in the back of a drawer somewhere,” she said.
“I think what people like most about these gifts is that they are giving to something worthwhile rather than giving and receiving a gift that nobody really wants. Gif for Life is the ideal gift for those who have everything and the added bonus is that you can buy online, avoiding Christmas shopping queues.”
How Gift for Life works
Gift for Life items are bought for the poor overseas on behalf of the person you want to give a gift to. A poor family receives the actual gift, whether it be an animal or a source of clean drinking water, and a card with a picture of the item with your personal note, goes to the person you are giving a gift to.
The Gift for Life catalogue is full of practical gifts that will help change the lives of the poor overseas and the gift is allocated to one of TEAR Fund’s projects, which will deliver the gift to the intended recipients. You can choose a gift online or from our catalogue.
There is a wide range of gifts to suit most people’s pockets, from as little as $5 up to $10,000. Among the latest gifts is peanuts for $5 which help farmers get a start in peanut growing in the Philippines. Animals are always popular and the catalogue includes animals such as cows, pigs, water buffalos and goats. “If you can’t decide, we have our Noah’s Ark gift, which includes two of every animal in the catalogue.”
What you receive
For every item you buy, TEAR Fund will send you a traditional printed gift card or give you the option of sending an e-card (electronic card) as a token of your gift to pass on to friends or your family. Each card includes an image and description of your purchase, along with a space for you to record the name of the person you are giving the item to. The amount spent is not shown on the card. TEAR Fund will send the purchaser a tax-deductible receipt.

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