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Christmas Gifts for Lasting Change

As the holidays begin drawing near, Episcopal Relief & Development is enabling friends and supporters to honor loved ones with alternative gifts that benefit people living in poverty around the world. Through the Gifts for Life Christmas catalog, you can:

  • Provide hot meals for school children to ensure they receive the necessary nutrition to grow, stay healthy and do well in their studies.
  • Help families protect themselves through clean water and learning about basic hygiene and nutrition.
  • Supply seeds, tools and training to establish a community garden that will be a reliable source of food for residents.

"We're pleased to offer an expanded catalog and online store just in time for the holidays," said Episcopal Relief & Development President Rob Radtke. "With a wide range of gifts, people of all ages can help others in need. I'm especially excited about our new Green Gifts section, which includes opportunities such as a solar energy system. This system will provide a family with an ongoing power source that's healthy for both people and the environment."

The upgraded Gifts for Life online store features expanded price categories that make it easy for customers to find selections at every level, as well as an improved electronic card process that provides more choices for honoring recipients with an e-card greeting.

In addition to personal stories from people who have improved their lives through Episcopal Relief & Development programs, this year's catalog also features individuals and groups who have previously given Gifts for Life. These examples provide great ideas for ways that others can become involved, whether during the holidays or at other special times throughout the year.

To learn more about Gifts for Life and give a life-changing holiday gift, please visit For more information or to support one of the many other programs through which Episcopal Relief & Development is healing a hurting world, you can view our main website at or call 1-800-334-7626, ext. 5129. Gifts can be mailed to Episcopal Relief & Development, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.

Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church of the United States. As an independent 501(c) (3) organization, Episcopal Relief & Development takes its mandate from Jesus’ words found in Matthew 25. Its programs work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Together with the worldwide Church and ecumenical partners, Episcopal Relief & Development strengthens communities today to meet tomorrow’s challenges. We rebuild after disasters and empower people by offering lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease, including HIV/AIDS and malaria.

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