Pay It Forward This Christmas With World Vision Canada

Christmas!  The season of bright lights, and magic, family gatherings and gift giving will be here before you know it.  It’s a mad dash to the finish line, a blur, and sometimes chaos!  Once those Christmas trees are put away, and the lights are taken down, will your children have a pile of toys that is left relatively untouched?  Do they fall into the category of a little bit spoiled?  I can admit that mine do.  They don’t ask for a lot, but they don’t want for much either.  Now as my girls approach their teenage years I think it’s more important then ever for them to realize that it’s crucial, wonderful, kind and yes even necessary to pay it forward whenever they can.  We participate in toy drives, donate to used clothing stores, and the food bank, and this year I had the pleasure of introducing them to World Vision Canada.  World Vision Canada gives you the unique chance to give a gift that can change a life. 


My daughters and I have been fortunate enough to do a little bit of travelling.  They’ve seen first hand that not all children in the world have the same things,  or live the same way.  They recognize that they are blessed.  So when I suggested to them that we take an hour from our sunny Sunday afternoon and do some shopping for children far away this Christmas, they were interested, eager and even a little opinionated about what we should, and could be doing next!  We poured over the pages of the World Vision Catalogue looking for just the right gift.  What were we looking for?  Something that might interest girls just like them. 

I loved the idea of….Raw Hope.  It had to be done. 


For a donation of just $40.00 you can give hope. 

For Children and families in countries like south Sudan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, every day can be a struggle to survive. Your gift will provide things like clean water, education, nutritious food, healthcare and shelter. Give a one-time gift of Raw Hope.  



My daughters felt we should put our donation to supporting this;

Support For Street Children.


Care for street children to keep them safe!
Your gift will help homeless and vulnerable children by providing things like beds, books, sports equipment and rehabilitation programs. You’ll also help ensure that World Vision can advocate for these innocent girls and boys

So we did both.



Then another thought occurred.  My Dad, he always asks for the same thing, every single year!  A new hat and golf shirt.  So why not get him a new hat, a golf shirt and a piglet.  Of course the piglet was not for him, but for a family sponsored by World Vision Canada, and this was so much more than a cute farm animal, for only $40.00,  it was a pathway to meaningful change and independence!


Pigs are a great source of food and income. They’re easy to raise and can plump up to 90 pounds in 3 months. One sow can produce a litter of piglets every year to sell at market and help families break the cycle of poverty. Bring lasting change with the practical gift of pigs!
Gifts of livestock and agricultural products will also support programs that provide education in animal husbandry, sanitation training and business skills to help families increase their income over the long-term so their children can have brighter futures.

Christmas Shopping just got easier and a lot more meaningful.  We started to fill our cart.  I have teachers as friends.  Teachers, they are good people.  Teachers, they get a lot of chocolate, coffee and mugs at Christmas!  I know they appreciate the gifts, but what if we gave them a gift certificate for coffee and a Hen. Yep, a Hen or two!  Or a basketball.  See where we were going with this?

Two Hens and a Rooster are $50.00 or Three Soccer balls and other sporting equipment like volleyballs and uniforms for just $30.00?  Brilliant.


We have chosen to make meaningful purchases for Christmas this year instead of buying “stuff” that will get lost in the shuffle, or “things” we truly don’t need.  We’ve also already made a New Years Resolution.  From now on, gifts from this family will include a little something for the children on the World Vision Canada shopping list. 

Does the idea of paying it forward this Christmas appeal to you?  World Vision Canada has a presence in over 100 countries and would love your support.  You can find the on twitter, facebook, and fulfill some wishes and dreams by shopping their gift catalogue this Christmas.


  1. I can confess to finding untouched gifts on Valentines day! I love this idea. Thanks for sharing!

  2. kristen visser says:

    What an amazing idea! I have actually wanted to give back for a while now. I agree with you that you can buy someone anything really, but to actually put thought into it, actually means something to both the person giving and the person receiving.

  3. Great idea – I prefer that to the typical workplace “secret Santa”. Not that I don’t appreciate the gifts but I don’t need them really and the money would be better spent on these beautiful kids.

  4. DARLENE W says:

    A great idea that has been used many times in this family

  5. Anne Taylor says:

    Brilliant and I just love the wee phrase “Raw Hope”

    Thanks for sharing this!

  6. loucheryl says:

    I photo with the little girl holding the piglet is so adorable. This is a great program.

  7. Alayne Langford says:

    We have always been fans of World Vision Canada and will try our best to support them as well this year, along with our other charities. Thanks!! 🙂

  8. Such a great idea. Thank you for sharing this.

  9. that is cool…i have sponsored kids…an ran experietial events for world vision before to raise awareness and money for world hunger…it is def a great company to partner with…

  10. Chandra O'Connor says:

    its a fabulous idea, I do it local with our food bank and sponsoring a family at christmas.

  11. sandra Poirier says:

    This is a great idea. Even perfect for the “parent/grandparents” who have everything! It will help the kids learn about it as they “gift” it.

  12. What thoughtful and inspired idea!

  13. Darlene Schuller says:

    I have always love what World Vision does, this is an awesome idea!

  14. Kristine Ewald says:

    Love it, we are buying bunnies through the MCC Christmas catelogue 🙂

  15. Amazing such a great gift that keeps giving.

  16. I love that you do this with your kids at Christmas! Something to think about for sure!

  17. I support 2 little girls & I love the gift catalogue great time to share a little extra

  18. These are some great ideas as we live in such a land of plenty and so many throughout the world need our help.

  19. Raw hope and dignity are so very important for everyone. I am so glad to read this post and also to read through all the great comments. This is an inspiring organization. I hope many people will take this challenge to heart and gift things with meaning from the gift catalogue.

  20. Darlene W says:

    We will be purchasing again this year

  21. Tiffany Rotulo says:

    What a great idea, nice to get the kids involved to.

  22. It’s a great idea to help others in need…. let’s not forget all those in need in our own Country/City.

  23. Great idea sometimes we tend to forget what Christmas should be about!

  24. Melinda L. says:

    I love the idea of paying it forward. With Christmas being so commercialized, this is one way for us to remind ourselves that this holiday is much more than presents.

  25. Giving World Vision gifts truly puts me in the Christmas spirit. It feels good to give something that is truly impactful.

  26. Awesome. Love this!

  27. I love how easy World Vision makes it to purchase gifts…either by mail or online. And I love knowing that our gifts are helping to change a life!

  28. Debbie Bashford says:

    What a great idea!

  29. Bailey Dexter says:

    What a great way to start off the Christmas holidays by giving to others! A perfect start for your family!

  30. A great idea.

  31. Victoria Ess says:

    Thanks for the timely reminder, I think passing it on is a great idea.

  32. Melinda Jana says:

    I’m going to try this in 2016. A gift that pays it forward is always a great idea and you know it’s put to good use instead of materialistic items

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