What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.
--“In the Bleak Midwinter,” Lyrics by Christina Rosetti
After the barrage of Black Friday sales, the allure of Cyber Monday emails, it’s easy to lose track of what Christmas giving is about.
The extravagant love of a God whose love awakens us from injustice.
The innocence of that love, incarnate in a child, born not in a hospital, not in a warm home, but in a barn, surrounded by farmworkers, travelers from far away countries, and parents who would soon flee, seeking refuge from a threat of violence to their child.
We give because there is something overwhelming about being a child of God, and knowing that each face we pass belongs not to a stranger but to a brother or sister.
We give—not because we love, but because we are loved.
As Christmas approaches, those of us at Week of Compassion are reminded that while our ministry with you is at its heart one of generosity, the approaching season is one in which you may want to give something special to those you care about.
Perhaps you want to honor those who reach out in Courageous Compassion with you. Perhaps you want your holiday giving to be a way to live out your commitment to justice and new life.
Perhaps you want to give simply because you are loved.
Whatever it is that moves you, we have teamed up with several of our partners, longstanding and new, to help you give gifts that reflect your commitments to work for relief and development all over the world. Help bring great joy to developing communities--and to your own--by choosing a gift that celebrates partnerships that make a difference around the world, around the year.
Make a Donation in Someone's Name to Week of Compassion
Is there someone in your life who inspires you? Someone who exemplifies Courageous Compassion? This Christmas, please consider making a donation to Week of Compassion in that person's honor. We will send one of the beautiful 'Sharing Brings Joy' Christmas Cards to you so that you can let them know that your gift to them is the gift of JOY! Just follow this link and choose the "Alternative Christmas Gift" option on the donation form.
Send Your Own Week of Compassion Christmas Cards
The 2012 Week of Compassion Christmas Cards are a wonderful way for you to share JOY with friends and family and make a big difference in the world at the same time. For a donation of $25 to Week of Compassion, we will send you 12 Christmas Cards and envelopes. Just follow this link and choose the "WoC Christmas Cards" option on the donation form.
Church World Service "Best Gift" Catalog
Church World Service’s Best Gift catalog has something for everyone! Give new meaning to your gift-giving this year by honoring that special someone with a donation to the life-saving work of Church World Service. The catalog contains a host of great "gift ideas" that will be memorable and meaningful. Available at no charge, but there is a limit of 20 per congregation or group.
Celebrate a Fair Trade Christmas with Equal Exchange
From ideas for holiday bazaars to innovative, empowering gifts like the Africa Gift Box, our partners at Equal Exchange offer a number of creative ways for not only sharing exceptional coffees, chocolates, and teas but making a real difference in the lives of small scale farmers and their families. Through the Disciples Coffee Project, a partnership between Week of Compassion, Equal Exchange, and Disciples Home Missions, farmers receive fair prices for their crops, affordable credit and long term trade relationships with a trading partner they can trust, Equal Exchange. In addition, for every pound of fairly traded products Disciples order through the Project, Equal Exchange makes a donation of 15 cents to food security projects supported by Week of Compassion.
Share a New Light with Prosperity Candle
Our partners at Prosperity Candle offer beautiful candles, the purchase of which directly supports women rebuilding their lives following conflict and natural disaster, including women refugees resettled in the U.S. from conflict countries. These candles are often poured into beautiful fair trade artisan vessels, or accompanied by other Fair Trade items. Prosperity Candle even carries a small Week of Compassion travel candle! 10% of all purchases by Week of Compassion supporters also support the WoC Women’s Empowerment Fund.
May your Christmas be bright, merry, and woven with gifts that bring joy when they are shared. May what you give be truly of your heart.