Press Release – DALLAS, December 4, 2017 – As Christmas gift-giving time approaches, a faith-based non-profit working to improve conditions in the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, has some unique gift suggestions in its annual Christmas catalog. Each year, LiveBeyond determines the greatest needs among the people it serves and invites Americans who really have no need of another thing to gift something desperately needed on behalf of their loved ones. This year’s list features a unique set of gifts that will provide great meaning to those who give it and those who receive it in Haiti, improving their way of life and expanding the Kingdom of God.
“Our mission has always been to help Haitians live beyond oppression, poverty and illness,” said Dr. David Vanderpool, the founder and CEO of LiveBeyond. “This year we are challenging people to give beyond the traditional gifts to leave a lasting impression on a person’s life and make a real, physical difference. Christmas is not just about giving and receiving, it is about those who need it most and sharing the love of God.”
Some of the gifts featured in the catalog include an opportunity to sponsor a special needs child in the Johnny’s Kids program, an academic sponsorship and chickens that are used to teach locals how to raise them sustainably while providing expectant mothers with a source of necessary protein. Other gift opportunities include a clean delivery kit that prevents infection during childbirth, hygiene kits and the chance to provide school supplies such as paper, pencils, desks and books.
“A chicken or school supplies may not seem like something that makes a big difference but they truly are a blessing and help a lot of families and children who otherwise may not get the care or education they need. In some instances, it is lifesaving,” said Dr. Vanderpool. “Unlike most Christmas gifts which typically end up sitting on a shelf or inside a closet after the holiday, these gifts will be put to good use and have a lasting effect, that helps Haitian people today and sets the tone for a better future.”
In addition to the Christmas catalog, the LiveBeyond store features t-shirts and other items that make great Christmas gifts and help people in Haiti. All of the profits from the online store go toward the organization’s efforts to transform the heart of Thomazeau, Haiti.
A full list and details about each of the Christmas gifts can be found at http://livebeyond.org/givebeyond.
LiveBeyond is a faith-based, humanitarian organization improving lives of the poor in Thomazeau, Haiti, with sustainable solutions in medical and maternal health care, clean water, education, and agricultural and economic development. It was founded by Dr. David Vanderpool, a trauma surgeon who has worked for more than 20 years responding to humanitarian disasters around the world. For more information, visit www.livebeyond.org.