Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Charities

by W. Andrew Powell
World Vision coffee gift set

Gift-giving, parties, and celebrating time with the people we love is what the holidays are all about, but this unique season also give us an opportunity to make a difference in our communities, and that starts with supporting charities in our back yards and around the world.

Every year, when The GATE kicks off our holiday gift guides, I like to pick out a few very deserving projects that help raise money and awareness for those in need. For 2013, here are my suggestions for some of the deserving projects and organizations who could use your help and support. As you head out to shop for your family and friends, please consider offering support to one of the charities below.

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World Vision Canada

In 2012, more than 60,000 Canadians purchased over 200,000 gifts through World Vision Canada, donating more than $12.3 million life-changing items to children, families and communities around the world.

By choosing from more than 60 gifts including goats, chickens, medicine, school books and more, gifts benefit communities around the world as well as in our own backyard.

Here are just a few of the options available. Browse the full catalogue at Proceeds will help parents around the world start small businesses, changing the lives of their families.

Coffee Set – $50
Delivered in a gift bag crafted with original fabrics from Africa and sewn by local women, this fair-trade, organic coffee from Bolivia and Peru is delivered with a hand-carved olivewood scoop.

Christmas Ornaments – $85
Created by Kenyan artisans who have received a World Vision loan to start a business, these lovingly crafted beaded African animals with will capture the light to add extra sparkle to any Christmas tree.

Two Hens and a Rooster – $50
Fresh eggs offer protein for nutrition and the sale of extra eggs can offer income for life’s necessities. With the addition of a rooster, this gift can continue to grow over generations as chicks can be sold for extra income and shared with other families in need.

Chickens require little investment, space or food to thrive and grow–making them an ideal business venture for a single mom or vulnerable family.

Everyday Essentials Habitat for Humanity Gingerbread House Kit

Everyday Essentials Habitat for Humanity Gingerbread House Kit

Habitat for Humanity Canada

Everyday Essentials Gingerbread House Kit – $7

Loblaws proudly celebrates their three-year partnership in support of Habitat for Humanity Canada with the Everyday Essentials Gingerbread House Kit, a new stainless steel 12 piece cookie cutter set specially designed for building and baking a gingerbread house.

At just $7, and with proceeds of $80,000 benefiting families across Canada, the Everyday Essentials Gingerbread House Kit is available in select Loblaw stores, including Real Canadian Superstore.

The net proceeds of the Everyday Essentials Gingerbread House Kit will be donated to Habitat for Humanity Canada to help support their national and regional programming. This year’s partnership focuses on delivering funding to Habitat for Humanity Canada’s 360 Built Smart Partnership, as granting programs managed by Habitat for Humanity Canada helps Habitat affiliates across Canada achieve the capacity they need to build homes in their communities for families in need.

Daily Bread Food Bank

Daily Bread Food Bank is a non-profit, charitable organization that is fighting to end hunger in our communities. Every year thousands of people across Toronto rely on food banks. Daily Bread serves these people through neighbourhood food banks and meal programs in over 170 member agencies.


SickKids Foundation

Our mission: We inspire our communities to invest in health and scientific advances to improve the lives of children and their families in Canada and around the world.

Our vision: Healthier Children. A Better World.


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