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Share Life’s Abundance with Gifts for Life and Bishops Blend

The season of Advent is about abundance and preparation – joyfully anticipating the gift of Christ, and sharing our blessings with loved ones and people in need.

Episcopal Relief & Development's Gifts for Life catalog is full of ways to honor friends and family by purchasing an alternative gift in their name. Your purchase of a share in a community garden, mobile health clinic services for people in rural areas or even a goat can change lives halfway around the world. Every gift in the catalog strengthens and equips people to grow healthier, build better communities and dream of a brighter future for their children.

Please browse the online catalog at www.er-d.org/GiftsForLife/. Order over the phone by today, December 10, or online by December 12 to receive beautiful printed cards that you can personalize and send to the people you are honoring with your purchase. Customizable e-cards notifying recipients of their gifts can be ordered and sent right up to Christmas Day.

Another option is purchasing Bishops Blend fair trade, organic coffee and tea products from Pura Vida. This year, there are three Christmas boxes: two combine gourmet chocolate with either coffee or tea, and the third is a coffee lover's box with three of the most popular blends. Episcopal Relief & Development and Pura Vida work together to offer quality products that ensure living wages for small farmers and protect the earth as well. A portion of sales also benefits the work of both organizations.

For Christmas delivery, order Bishops Blend gift boxes by December 17. The full line of Bishops Blend products is also available for Christmas and year round.

"There are so many great gift options, and knowing that each choice benefits a person or community in need makes the giving even more meaningful," said Brian Sellers-Petersen, Episcopal Relief & Development's Director of Church Engagement. "We are grateful for the continued support and prayers of our friends and donors, who are helping us to heal a hurting world."

To give Gifts for Life, visit Episcopal Relief & Development's online store and order items via the web, or call 1.800.334.7626 ext. 5129. For Bishops Blend boxes, visit the website and click through to Pura Vida's online store, where you can browse items to order online or by calling 1.877.469.1431.

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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