Friday, November 13, 2009

Do Your Holiday Shopping -- and Do Some Good -- Through Oxfam America


I always have a really hard time buying gifts for the adults in my life. Let’s face it: We really don’t need any more stuff! How many more bottles of after shave or perfume can we use? This year, I’d like to feel really good about the gifts that I’m giving. If you’re feeling this way, too, you’ll be happy to know that Oxfam America has the solution.

Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. They are part of Oxfam International, a confederation of 13 Oxfams working in more than 100 countries. Together with individuals and local groups in these countries, they save lives, help people overcome poverty, and fight for social justice. What sets Oxfam apart is that they create partnerships. Rather than provide short-term aid, they work with local communities to create lasting solutions to poverty by helping people address the root causes themselves. They rely on the knowledge and insight of those affected.

They also rely on people like us to support their work. Here’s how you can help AND take care of the recipients on your gift list:

1. Browse their online catalog and find a gift for your friend or loved one. With over 60 items to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect gift.

2. You’ll receive a free card with the image of your specific gift. You can personalize the card online and have it sent directly to your friend or loved one. Or you can have the card delivered to you to write your own message. All Oxfam America donations are tax deductible, and you will get a receipt.

3. Your donation will go to the people who need it, and where it will have the greatest impact: to improve the lives of people living in poverty.


For instance, for just $20, you can provide farmers with a much-needed system to irrigate their land. With your support for two months, you’ll help farmers grow a bumper crop!

For just $18, you can get mosquito nets for a family, protecting them against malaria and other deadly insect-borne diseases.

Twenty-five dollars purchases a fuel-efficient cooking stove, which lessens the need for firewood, reduces deforestation, and cuts down the time spent by women gathering scarce firewood. For many women, this reduces the need to venture into areas where they are at risk of violence.

Some of the other valuable gifts are pictured on this page. Please go to OxfamAmericaUnwrapped.com to learn about Oxfam America’s amazing work and select some gifts that will have a lot more meaning than another tie or a pair of earrings. In fact, your generosity has the potential to truly change lives for the better.





DISCLOSURE: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Oxfam America Unwrapped and received a credit for a gift on the Oxfam site.

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