Daily Advent Gift: Day 2


“The world’s deadliest creature, the mosquito, kills nearly 655,000 people every year. While preventing malaria is inexpensive by U.S. standards, it’s out of reach for poor African families who must watch helplessly as their children suffer and die. Your gift will provide one of the best ways to protect children from malaria—bed nets—as well as critical education for prevention and control.

Every $18 you give will provide long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets that will protect an entire family from this deadly disease. Since these nets can be used for approximately four years, that means you will save the life of a family for only 18 cents a month! It’s one of the best investments you’ll ever make!”

World Vision Bed Nets Donation Page

Shop with your Heart Holiday Gift Guide: Nonprofit Edition (Gifts for strangers!)

As you buy gifts for friends and family, often gifts they may not need, considering shopping for a real gift that will greatly impact the life of a stranger.

The gifts below range from $4-$180. You can impact a life with just $4! You would pay more for a coffee at Starbucks. For example, the gift of a pig is a “living savings account” to a struggling family, giving them income, protein and soil nourishment. Such a better gift than a holiday sweater!

Click on the images below to learn more about each gift, and better just, to donate to and impact the life of a someone in need.

Shop with your Heart Holiday Gift Guide Nonprofits

Heifer International: Gift of a Pig, $120 World Vision: Gift of Year of School for Orphan, $70 Compassion: Care for a Child Waiting for Sponsorship, $40 Feeding America: Gift of Peanut Butter, $40 World Vision: A Sheep and A Goat, $180 Compassion: Parasite Prevention for Children, $4 World Vision: Survive to Five Care, $57 World Vision: Clean Water Fund Share, $25 Image Map

There are so many more gifts, in all price ranges! Take a look…

Compassion Gift Catalog

Samaritan’s Purse Gift Catalog

World Vision Gift Catalog

Heifer International Gift Catalog

Feeding America Gift Catalog

Help two young sisters raise money for orphans…only $1700 to go!

So remember when you were 6 years old? Yeah, me neither. Wait, I remember one thing from when I was 6 – I set a new swimming record at our local pool. It was quickly broken a year later, but this still remains a highlight of my life. I like to think I peaked early.

But you know what I wasn’t doing when I was 6? Thinking about other people. Let alone actively selling crafts online to raise money for orphans. Two sisters, daughters of a friend of mine, are doing just that. They started by saving money in a jar in order to purchase something through the World Vision catalog. Their hearts fell on donating a safe home for orphans, and set out to save/earn the $5100 price tag. $5100! I think if you asked me how much $5100 was when I was 6, I think I would have told you that was the cost of a bag of jelly beans.

After brainstorming and praying about ways to raise money, they launched Heart & Felt this past Christmas to sell their handmade felt ornaments online. They even made felt hearts for Valentines day.

They are currently about $1700 away from reaching their goal. They made over $3300!

I can’t get over their selflessness! Most adults don’t go to this effort to make money just to give it away! (The exception that comes to mind is Al Andrews. Did you buy his book yet? Go do that…)

Their amazing mom, Andrea, a sewing superstar, just launched Go To Patterns. Her signature dress pattern is only $10. It is for 12 months -12 years, with tons of sleeve, length, and waist options. And the best part? The proceeds from the first 100 patterns sold goes to her daughters’ orphanage fund!

How can you help?

Go to Heart & Felt and make a donation. (Seriously, if you passed these amazing girls selling brownies in your neighborhood, you would totally drop $1. Why not just go online, donate that $1 – or more! – and open a pack of Oreos at home.)

Purchase a pattern from Go To Patterns and get sewing. Who knows, maybe you could even sew a dress for a child in need with that pattern?

Pass it on!

$57 (Survive to Five)

A marble. Why a four year old thinks it is a good idea to swallow this shiny round object, I’ll never know. But one of my sweet sons decided to do just this today. (I’m still waiting for common sense to kick in.) So what did I do? Called the doctor. Just like that, I had immediate access to free advise from well-educated medical professionals.

Hello first world problems.

Reading and hearing about the need for Survive to Five, reminds me how blessed we are. Since the boys’ birth, there have been countless doctor appointments, vaccinations, antibiotics, ultrasounds, and even a surgery. Not to mention all the phone calls about everyday issues like the marble swallowing and the time one of them picked up an owl’s head he found in the yard. Seriously. I’m very thankful we have easy and inexpensive access to health care.

What is World Vision’s Survive to Five Challenge?

For children in the developing world, the first five years are the most deadly, and if a child lives past five, their chances of survival increase dramatically. There are a few basic reasons why children die of preventable causes, and there are simple solutions to prevent those causes. The Survive to Five Challenge is World Vision’s focused, high-impact way to give children every chance for survival. Because of World Vision’s long history of expertise in helping to save children’s lives, we’ve been awarded grants that will triple the power of all donations to this crucial challenge. Join the Challenge in the effort to help save 156,000 children from preventable deaths in the next year.

(from their website)

These children die of preventable causes. Preventable.

If you give $57, the money is tripled to $171 (thanks to government grants) and you help save 9 children. Your money will be tripled thanks to government grants and will go towards vaccinations, vitamin A, mosquito nets, therapeutic foods. (See the Survive to Five page for a long list of how the donation is used.)

Your contribution of any amount will save lives. Consider giving today.