Six unique Christmas gifts

MCC’s Christmas giving guide is basis of six unique Christmas gifts

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Joyce Ngumbao dishes up muthokoi, a traditional corn, bean and greens dish, using food raised on her family farm in Kwa Kavisi, Kenya. She serves her husband Pius Kisumo (blue) and neighbors Ajelina Kamutu, Jennifer Muoki (blue) and her daughter Faith Muoki at the family farm in Kwa Kavisi, Kenya.

As the Christmas season approaches, you might be racking your brain thinking of possible gifts for your loved ones. At MCC, we believe there is no better way to celebrate the season than by helping change lives by addressing hunger, education, health and more.

Through MCC’s Christmas Giving guide, you can help some of the world’s most vulnerable people in the name of your friend or family member.

Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

1. Gifts for foodies

For the foodie in your life, a gift of $25 dollars can help farmers like Joyce Ngumbao and her husband Pius Kisumo in Kenya to increase their harvests and share festive meals with their neighbors now and throughout the year.

2. Gifts for business savvy people

*Chun Sokun casts a net into the family farm’s fish pond. Chun built the pond using no-interest loans from the agricultural cooperative he joined and training from ODOV field agents. *In Cambodia, family names are written before first names.

MCC has the perfect gift for small business owners, who believe in the old adage of teaching a person to fish — or for the person in your life who enjoys getting out on the lake.

A gift of $350 gives start-up funds for fish ponds and allows farmers like Chun Sokun in Cambodia to diversify their income by selling fish as well as rice.

Working with a stocking stuffer budget? Just $20 stocks a fish pond.

3. Health and wellness gifts

The healthcare worker in your life has likely had a tough year because of the pandemic. What better way to thank them for their service than to help protect people from diseases?

In countries like Burkina Faso, a $7 mosquito net can prevent people like Habibou Diandé from contracting malaria.

4. Cute animals, anyone?

We all know at least one person who pets every cat or dog they come across or likes to watch animal videos on their phone. For the pet lover, we recommend giving the gift of a goat for $50.

These adorable animals are easy to raise, can provide milk, or can be sold to help families absorb economic shocks in the event of a failed harvest or a medical crisis.

5. Gifts that empower

Do you have a family member or friend who cares a lot about empowering women and girls? A $50 gift helps women in Chad learn skills like gardening and soap-making and band together to earn more than they could working alone.

6. Gifts for educators

Young Syrian refugee and Lebanese children from the Nabaa Bourj Hammoud suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, participate in an art therapy class designed to give psychosocial support to children who have had traumatic experiences. The program is offered by MCC partner House of Light and Hope (HLH), facilitated by trained social workers. Photo courtesy of House of Light and Hope

The teacher in your life likely knows how important school is for kids who have faced difficulty and trauma in life.

Syrian refugees living in Lebanon can receive tutoring, lessons in self-esteem and support from social workers to help them overcome obstacles. Just $25 helps these girls stay in school  and live up to their potential.

Not all gifts cost money, though.

This Christmas season could also be a good opportunity to talk about generosity with your children.

MCC’s free, printable resource help kids explore the basics of living generously at an elementary school level.

The entire guide is available online at mcc.org/christmas-giving.

Mennonite Central Committee: Relief, development and peace in the name of Christ

Renata Buhler is a marketing specialist for MCC Canada.

MCC News Service
Mennonite Central Committee is a global, nonprofit organization that strives to share God’s love and compassion for all through relief, development and peace. MCC is committed to relationships with their local partners and churches. As an Anabaptist organization, they strive to make peace a part of everything they do.

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