“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
- Winston Churchill
Each holiday season, we struggle to come up with unique gifts that will be memorable and lasting. What will make the biggest impression? What will make a difference to the person, in the season that can be over-commercialized and overbearing? We all know that it’s not the size or cost of the gift that can mean the most to the receiver. One parent remembers the most meaningful gift he ever received was a box full of handwritten notes from his children about the reasons they loved him. No cost, but utterly invaluable.
At PCI, we’ve learned the small things that can be life-changing to someone living in poverty. Maybe it’s a hand washing kit, so they can avoid getting sick by eating in unsanitary conditions. It could be a simple mosquito net that prevents malaria. In Bolivia, a hot meal for children gives them a way to stay in school. In India, our Women Empowered participants have the gift of access to loans, where just a dollar can enable them to start their own business. These gifts are simple to us, but ones that they will never forget.
So, give differently this holiday season. Visit our Gifts of Life Catalog at http://www.pciglobal.org/gifts-of-life and change five peoples’ lives with gifts today. Then challenge your friends and family to do the same. The gift we will receive is the invaluable feeling providing someone with hope for a better life. That is the true meaning of giving.