CWS Best Gift Catalog chock full of gifts with purpose

With budgets tight and gift giving season upon us, CWS Best Gifts offer an opportunity to honor loved ones via chosen-with-you-in-mind gifts while at the same time helping people in need. The Church World Service Best Gifts Catalog infuses gift giving with a combination of purpose and practicality.

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With budgets tight and gift giving season upon us, CWS Best Gifts offer an opportunity to honor loved ones via chosen-with-you-in-mind gifts while at the same time helping people in need.

The Church World Service Best Gifts Catalog infuses gift giving with a combination of purpose and practicality. The selection of items – several new this year – make it possible for gift givers to honor the people they are gifting and to improve the lives of impoverished women, children and families in developing nations.

Says Oklahoma folk singer-songwriter K.C. Clifford, "The Best Gifts Catalog is a unique way to give while giving back to the fight against hunger in the world." Clifford wrote and sings "Raise Your Voice," the official Church World Service CROP Hunger Walk theme song.

With food prices rising and many people struggling even harder just to feed their families, the catalog features an entire section on gifts that help insure that people have enough to eat.

Women in Kenya
Proud of the food they've grown, these women – with support from CWS – constructed a sand dam in their community, dramatically improving their families' access to water for household needs and for growing food.
Photo: Lynn Johnson/RippleEffectImages.org

In parts of the world where drought has devastated crops in communities that depend on rice, corn or wheat as food staples, a gift from the catalog could help avert hunger. A $30 gift can provide a two-month supply of grain, which can feed a family until the rains help bring forth new crops. And, a $50 gift can provide seeds and tools for three families.

The possibilities are endless, ranging across categories that include children, women, animals, emergencies and water. Prices range from $10 for a soccer ball for use by children and adults in refugee camps to $4,000 for construction of a new classroom for up to 50 students. The only limit is your imagination.

To browse all of the Church World Service alternative gifts – and to order – visit our Best Gift Catalog online or call toll free (800) 297-1516.

Media Contact:
Lesley Crosson, 212-870-2676, lcrosson@churchworldservice.org
Jan Dragin, 781-925-1526, jdragin@gis.net


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