This article was originally published by Mennonite World Review

MCC Christmas statement: 5 reasons to give

WINNIPEG, Man. — What better gifts can you give this Christmas than goats, peacebuilding knowledge, seeds, school supplies or a well of clean drinking water?

Through Mennonite Central Committee’s Christmas Giving program, you can give gifts like these to help some of the world’s most vulnerable people in the name of your friend or family member.

When you give, MCC shares the financial gift with its partners at home and abroad, who are working with people in their communities to meet basic needs.

Just in case you need a bit more convincing, here are five reasons to give through MCC this Christmas:

1. Joy

Let’s face it. Giving makes you feel great. You can join us in the joy of giving by helping provide goats to people like Maryam Ali and her family in Ethiopia’s Afar region. Drought has caused the death of many goats that provided milk and meat. At home, you also can provide immigration training that ultimately helps newcomers in the U.S. Visit to see more gifts that match your interests.

2. The environment

Every year people give gifts to their relatives and friends. A huge amount of carbon is used to produce these new things and creates waste that ends up in landfills. Why not choose to give to MCC and reduce the stress on our planet?

3. Compassion

On numerous occasions the Bible calls us to love our neighbors and show compassion and generosity to others, especially those who are suffering. Christmas is a great time to show God’s love in your family and friend circles. Maybe they will join you in giving to others through MCC.

4. Economically effective

For the cost of a sweater or a scarf, you can provide access to health care for refugees in Beirut, Lebanon, or support community health initiatives in rural El Salvador. To make sure your money is used effectively, MCC closely monitors all its programs.

5. Contributing to partnerships

MCC partners with local organizations and church groups to better understand local issues. MCC workers develops long-term relationships as MCC commonly works with a partner for a minimum of three to five years, and often for much longer.

You may donate your Christmas gift online,, or request a Christmas giving booklet to be mailed to you by calling 1-888-563-4676. When you donate online, you may download a card to send to your loved ones explaining the gift you’ve given in their name. If you give by phone or mail, gift cards can be mailed to you.

Please join us in the joy of giving this Christmas season!

Rachel Bergen is a writer for Mennonite Central Committee.

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