Yesterday, Catriona posted about some great Christmas gifts for those of you still wondering what to buy loved ones - gifts that not only can suprise our nearest and dearest on Christmas morning, but can also make a difference to so many in need.
Today I'd like to ask a question: Have you ever thought about giving someone an ox this Christmas? World Vision is one of the world's leading relief, development and advocacy organisations, currently helping more than 100 million people in almost 100 countries. A Christian organisation, they work alongside communities in their struggle against poverty, hunger and injustice.
One of their main projects around this time of year is to encourage people to buy an alternative Christmas gift. So for that aunt or brother who has everything they need, why not buy them something as simple as a tap (£6), a hygiene kit for a mother and baby (£9), or even some chickens (£12) or a goat (£14). For that more important someone, why not splurge and make a real difference: buy a plough (£108) or clean water for 10 families at £110. From £5-£5700, there are a range of gifts that would significantly change a life or community. Why not look at their gift list now and order those de-worming tablets or that bog today.