Will your gift giving be different this Christmas?

World Gifts Display

World Gifts Display

November is often the month when shelves are stocked with the latest Christmas must-haves, and highstreets all over the UK are bustling with shoppers searching for the perfect gift for their loved ones. This year, however, is a very different one. As we approach a second national lockdown, it’s becoming clear that we may be celebrating a virtual Christmas with our loved ones, and the way that we give gifts is not going to be the same this year.

As a Catholic body we have always joined our efforts together to bring hope and change to people who need it, and last Christmas, our supporters in churches and schools across England and Wales raised nearly one million pounds to support families in developing countries.

World Gifts 2020

World Gifts 2020

Our supporters bought a wide range of virtual World Gifts (a gift that represents and supports an area of our development work), including gifts such as Water for the Family, The Goat that Gives and Chirpy Chickens- and this Christmas, CAFOD supporters have pledged to buy even more life-saving virtual World Gifts.

This year we have added six brand new gifts to our World Gifts 2020 Christmas catalogue, to support communities in developing countries who are struggling to deal with the effects of the spread of the Coronavirus.

Keep clean £6

Keep clean £6

 

Sharing her thoughts on the impact of the pandemic and how our gift giving can make a positive difference this year, our Director, Christine Allen says: “The coronavirus pandemic has shown us that we are much more connected and reliant on each other than ever before. World Gifts is a wonderful opportunity to discover great gift ideas to help you shop compassionately this Christmas. From the Listening Centre, to PPE For Health Workers, every gift is an ongoing commitment to supporting vulnerable people overseas and an act of us standing together, in these challenging COVID-19 times.”

For more information on buying a World Gift this Christmas, click here.

World Gifts the gifts that keep on giving

Bicycle for a water mechanic £60

Bicycle for a water mechanic £60

World Gifts are CAFOD’s alternative charity gifts that transform lives and support communities to break free from poverty.These virtual gifts are great presents for friends, family, teachers – and most importantly, make a very real difference to families around the world.World Gifts have already helped over 5,000 children to attend literacy classes – opening doors to education and work and has brought 100,000 animals to families – helping to create countless small businesses.

This year, we have some new gifts for example bicycle for a water mechanic £60. A bike is a classic Christmas gift. This year, why not provide a water pump mechanic with a much needed bike to allow him to reach remote water sources? Without maintenance, wells, boreholes and other water sources can stop working meaning entire communities can no longer access clean life-saving water. The faster a mechanic can reach them the more he can maintain!

Other gifts such as  ‘Change a woman’s world’  £40  ‘Help for a Hardworking Hairdresser’£77 and ‘Sewing kit’  £21 empower women to work – and earn a living – for themselves.  

World gifts range from £4  Happy Queen Bee to £4000 for a Health Clinic so this Christmas why not fundraise as a parish or a school to buy a gift that really makes a difference to people’s lives!

Health clinic

Health clinic