India (MNN) — Christmas Eve is ten days away. Looking for any last-minute gifts? Or, have you already outspent your gift budget? According to an October Gallup poll, the average U.S. adult will spend $885 on presents this year.
Have you thought about gifting a goat? You don’t have to wrap it and stick it under your tree. It would be given to a needy family in India on behalf of someone you love.
India Partners’ Donna Glass says their 2018 Gift Catalog is ideal for the difficult person on your Christmas list. Staff members highlighted some projects with the “budget shopper” in mind, she explains.
Those individuals might look at the catalog and say, “I can provide a gift in honor of somebody who has everything they already need, and I can do it for $10. Or, I can contribute towards a well because I know this person is very passionate about clean, safe water.”
More than 61 million Indians live in extreme poverty. India Partners wants to eradicate that by working towards an India rich in hope, justice, and compassion. They work alongside a broad group of indigenous Christian grassroots agencies focused on alleviating poverty and injustice.
Remember, it only takes one person to start a trend.
“It’s like, if you see a smile,” Glass describes. “Somebody smiled at you and you start smiling, and the next person who sees you starts smiling in return.
“It becomes shared and it just becomes this ‘epidemic’ of smiles. I think it’s the same thing with compassion.”
Click here to peruse India Partners’ Gift Catalog, and consider sharing this story with a friend or family member.
“Some families, especially at this time of year… they sit down together and they look at the catalog… and they make a choice that they want to give to help somebody halfway around the world.”
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