Friday, December 12, 2008

Holiday Gifts That Fit the Times

Heartland Alliance Catalog Offers Gifts That Provide Hope for a Hurting World
Chicago, IL (November 18, 2008)- As many ponder holiday shopping lists this year, at a time when many people in our world are hurting, you can give a gift that offers hope and meaning to those struggling the most in this economic uncertainty.

For $15, you can buy a blanket and pillow for a refugee child to bring comfort and security to a child who possibly has never owned a single thing. For $75, your gift of a wellness checkup for a homeless newborn will give a new baby born into poverty a healthy start.

You can find these and other life-changing gifts in the new Hope for a Hurting World gift catalog from Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights. It’s a great answer for anyone looking to recapture the true spirit of the holidays in a meaningful way and make a statement in their gift-giving that provides both hope and inspiration.

For more than 120 years, Heartland Alliance has brought hope and healing to those in the most dire circumstances, providing programs and services that make a genuine difference to people in poverty and danger in Chicago and beyond. From trauma recovery and legal assistance to job training and affordable housing, Heartland Alliance’s efforts bring comfort to the suffering, security to the displaced, and opportunity to the disenfranchised.

By purchasing one or more of the tax-deductible gifts in the Hope for a Hurting World gift catalog, you will be partnering with Heartland Alliance to further its work with people in poverty, refugees and survivors of violence, and the lost and forgotten.

Here’s how it works: Check out the Hope for a Hurting World gift catalog online at Select gifts you want to purchase and make them in honor of your family, friends, and business associates, or as tributes to people you know who positively touch the lives of others every day.

For each gift, Heartland Alliance will send a beautiful card to your honoree with a personalized message from you. You can also make last-minute gifts online with an e-card sent through e-mail. Your gift will be life-changing to someone in great need.

The catalog responds to changing gift-giving habits in the U.S., with a recent survey by Harris Interactive showing that 84 percent of people surveyed would prefer to receive a gift that would benefit someone else rather than a traditional present. This season more than ever, as we enter a new year and new chapter of our history, honor your friends and loved ones with a gift that shows your support for the issues you care about. Consider a gift from the Heartland Alliance Hope for a Hurting World gift catalog:

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