December 10, 2010

The Goats of Christmas Present

Save the Children is offering an eclectic range of gift ideas for the holidays, from giving goats to gifting funds for girls’ education. Every donation benefits children in the U.S. and more than 120 countries on seven continents.

Let’s start with the goats. For $40, the gift of a goat will provide a struggling family with much-needed food and dairy as well as a valuable source of income for the future. Save the Children is even offering a too-quirky-to-resist holiday
special: “Buy one goat, get a second goat free.” Go find that at Wal-Mart.

Moving on to girls’
education. A gift of $65 provides books, educational materials and teacher training to help a young girl attend – and stay – in school for an entire year. According to the Web site - which I’m going to trust because I don’t have a calculator handy – that’s just 20 cents a day.

Save the Children has even partnered with Swedish furniture icon
IKEA to offer adorable stuffed toys for under $10 (no word yet on whether assembly is required, or if changing the cuddly critter's name from Koeshgenfertt is permitted). For every toy sold, $1.35 will go to Save the Children and UNICEF to extend and start new children's educational programs in 22 countries.

Last but not least, if you’ve got a little more money to spend on bling ($370 to be exact), Save the Children can get you a beautiful sterling silver and ceramic ring courtesy of its partnership with luxury jeweler
Bulgari. For each ring sold, Bulgari will donate $75 to Save the Children’s unique Healing and Education through ART program, which helps emotionally distressed children cope by helping them discover their own, unique artistic voices.

Click
here to Save the Children this holiday season.

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