FOREST, Va.—World Help is marking this holiday season by offering purposeful giving opportunities for shoppers who want to make a positive impact in the lives of others around the world.
The World Help Gifts catalog features humanitarian gifts that promote sustainability and education, provide emergency aid and relief and empower community development. It’s a way for socially-conscious shoppers to connect with the immediate needs of communities in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. With one click, shoppers can purchase school uniforms for children in Uganda, winter coats for refugees in Iraq, medical treatment for malnourished children in Guatemala and so much more.
Holiday shoppers also can select merchandise — such as soaps handcrafted by refugee women in Iraq and Nativity scenes carved by woodworking apprentices in Rwanda — to give as gifts to friends and relatives.
“In the holiday rush, it’s easy to forget why or what we are celebrating in the first place,” said Vernon Brewer, founder and president of World Help. “Yet this season is an opportunity to remember and celebrate that we are the recipients of God’s great generosity through His Son, Jesus. And He invites us to give to others as He has so freely given to us.”
“This is why we launched the World Help Gifts catalog,” Brewer said. “It’s an invitation to bless others and to give more than a gift; shoppers are giving hope, dignity and freedom to those who are in desperate need.”
The village of Kirinda, Uganda, is an example of how generosity can impact a community. Through the kindness of supporters, World Help provided a clean-water source to the residents, who previously had to walk long distances to collect contaminated water. Since then, doctors have seen infections decrease among the population. Local farmers have benefited from a reliable water source for irrigating their crops, and children are now able to focus on school instead of spending hours collecting water.
“It has been a wonderful opportunity, because through the church, the community has received the water,” said one Kirinda resident. “It’s another way of evangelizing the community.”
World Help also is focused on sending Bibles to Christians in North Korea. For 16 consecutive years, North Korea has been ranked the No. 1 oppressor of Christians in the world. World Help has set a goal of sending 100,000 Bibles to North Korea. Despite daily persecution, North Korean Christians are begging for copies of God’s Word — their one source of comfort. To help meet this urgent request, all donations are currently being matched.
Also, on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28, all donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar thanks to a generous World Help supporter. Gifts will go directly to World Help’s global projects and meet some of the most urgent needs around the world.
For more information on giving or to order a World Help Gifts catalog, click here.
World Help is a Christian humanitarian organization serving the physical and spiritual needs of people in impoverished communities around the world. For over 26 years, World Help has worked with partners to deliver humanitarian aid to more than 79 million people in 70 countries.