When I was just a little girl I admired Momma's mother- an immigrant from Germany, her and my grandfather had made the trip to the United State while pregnant with their first child, my mother. They were young, even by today's standards, and had little to their name but enough money to get by, and a big American dream. My grandfather worked hard to provide for his growing family and buy the 'house' his wife, Mrs. House had always dreamed of running. As it turns out, this short, stubborn, balding immigrant had an amazing idea to match his grand American dreams. He created a way to transport and deliver CO2 for commercial (restaurant) beverage carbonation that would revolutionize the industry. Before long an investor had decided to take a chance on this German immigrant and helped fund my grandparent's first business.
Several years later, kids in tow, and working under the family name, my grandfather sold his company and licensing to a very hefty sum. The last of their kids were moving out and my grandmother and grandfather had profit to indulge in anything their hearts could dream of. But they never moved out of that little house my grandfather built from the ground up. This holiday season will be the second without our family's matriarch at the table, and I am reminded every day of the legacy my grandmother left behind. You see, no matter where life brought my grandparents, they never forgot their blessings, or where they began. Every holiday was always filled with lonely employees, Church acquaintances, and even guests invited in off the very street. My grandmother understood that, sometimes, all a human really needs is a chance- and that, is what the coming holiday season is truly about.
World Vision Catalog is not a new concept; gifting to support small start ups and charitable organizations, but is one of the original models. This season marks the 18th year of giving back through gifts that matter, with over $33 Million raised last year alone to put food in mouths, get vaccinations to children, and provide livestock for sustainable living. One of the unique aspects of World Vision, however, is the option to make a direct donation to support an immediate cause (ie: disaster response supplies, clean water, etc) and gift an honorary notification card, or choose from one of the 30+ handcrafted gifts which will ship free with your donation. While more can be done with a larger donation and no handmade gift, some recipients prefer to gift a physical object that commemorates the donation made in the recipient's honor.
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