Our family has had a unique experience the past 15 months. We spent 10 months in the hospital with Addie, and it truly put things into perspective. We felt tiredness, loneliness, anger, joy, love, hope, strength, and a thousand more emotions during our time. But the thing that means the most to us this Christmas? Being out of the hospital. This time last year we were talking about air flighting Addie to and from Texas Children’s to have a heart cath done, and we were incredibly close to losing her because of her bronchomalacia. While we were in the hospital, and even now that we’re out, we’ve been finding ways to pay it forward to others in similar situations. I want to teach Addie that “Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more” as the Grinch says. We love finding ways to give back and CARE is a fantastic way to help others. The concept is exactly what I want to teach Addie about Christmas. I want her to know that Christmas means more than getting presents – it’s about sharing the love of Jesus and helping those in need, just as Jesus did. CARE’s Gifts of Lasting Change helps fight poverty and empower girls and women. It’s the perfect way to share your Christmas spirit and help those in poverty-stricken areas around the world.
What is a Gift of Lasting Change?
A Gift of Lasting Change is a gift that empowers people around the world to reach their potential. It’s a gift you’ll be proud to send. It’s a gift anyone will be happy and proud to receive. After World War II, the original CARE Package harnessed the power of generosity in a box. It changed the world by delivering food that relieved suffering across a devastated Europe. Today’s CARE Package is different. It provides relief today and the foundation of a better tomorrow. But it’s built on the same truth as the very first CARE Package — that when you give of yourself, you can be the difference in people’s lives. You can deliver lasting change.
How does it work?
What kind of gifts can I give with CARE?
Infant Care Kit: New mothers and their infant children are particularly vulnerable during times of crisis. Away from their homes and support networks, moms and babies are at greater risk of disease and malnutrition. To address this need, CARE provides infant care kits with diapers, soap and skin cream to make life a little better for babies whose families have been forced to leave home. Please click here to purchase the Infant Care Kit.
Backpack and School Starter Kit: In the world’s poorest communities, children — especially girls — sometimes can’t attend even a free public primary school because their parents can’t afford school supplies. A school backpack filled with supplies like pens, pencils and notebooks can mean the difference for a youngster who dreams of learning and working for a better future. Please click here to purchase the Backpack and School Starter Kit.
One Month of Meals for a Person During an Emergency: CARE’s 30-day packets of rice, protein-rich legumes, cooking oil and salt provide enough nourishment for 3 meals a day for 30 days. Provide a month of meals for one person for just 31 cents per meal. Please click here to purchase One Month of Meals for a Person During an Emergency.
CARE’s Gifts of Lasting Change has 200 ways to fill a symbolic CARE Package to help communities around the world. Choose between farm and animal gifts, education gifts, emergency and relief supplies, and gifts promoting women’s empowerment. Search by personal interest, relationships, price and special occasions, to make it quick and simple to find the perfect gift for everyone you’re shopping for. The prices are very reasonable: $25 can help a group of women start their own CARE village savings group, $45 can buy a goat for a farmer, send a girl to school for a year for $143, or buy a gift of support for CARE’s most urgent work in any amount you choose. There are so many to choose from!