This holiday my loved ones will receive goats, honeybees, and community gardens – not literally, but in the form of symbolic gifts that help people truly in need. If you, too, are looking for a gift for someone who has everything, or a unique way to nourish individuals, families, and communities, check out these Rescue Gifts from the International Rescue Committee.
Working in over 40 countries and 22 US cities, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to humanitarian crises and helps people who have been uprooted by conflict or natural disaster. Through their Rescue Gifts site, shoppers can buy symbolic gifts that support IRC's programs. Gifts range in price from $18 to $541. Here are just a few food-related highlights from the catalog:
• A Baby Goat - $50 can provide a baby goat for a family in crisis. When grown, a goat can provide milk for malnourished children and become a household asset. In the developing world, livestock are often a rural family's most valuable property.
• Emergency Cookstoves - $53 can help deliver eight propane-powered cookstoves to families displaced by war. In addition to providing a warm meal, the stoves can boil water so it is safe to drink.
• A Community Garden - $60 can distribute the gardening tools, seeds and other supplies that refugees need to start a community garden that will help them put fresh food on the table and well-earned cash in their pockets.
• Honeybee Harvest Kit - $72 can help farmers boost their income through beekeeping. Beekeeping has traditionally been a man's job, but with help from the IRC, women are now being trained to raise bees and sell honey.
• Refugee Farmer Market Kit - $135 can provide supplies to help a refugee farmer bring produce to market. Through the New Roots program, the IRC is helping hundreds of refugees, many of whom were farmers in their home countries, to become engaged and productive members of their new communities in the US.
→ See more: Rescue Gifts from the International Rescue Committee
(Images: Peter Biro/IRC; IRC; Janet Simmelink/IRC)