Oxfam Unwrapped Asks Canadians to 'Bee-lieve' in the Holiday Spirit

-- Expanded Catalogue of Fun Gifts Supports Women and Children in the Developing World --

TORONTO, Nov. 24, 2011 /CNW/ - Give friends and family the sweetest gifts this year by donating beehives to families in Ethiopia. For $100, your gift means women, children and their families will get all the training, tools and fuzzy flying friends they need to help them earn a living from the honey they produce.

With more than 45 gift ideas starting at only $12, Oxfam Unwrapped lets Canadians choose the perfect gift for everyone on their 'nice' list. Recipients get a personalized gift card and donors get a charitable tax receipt.

Life changing items in this year's online catalogue include:

  • For $90, give a flock of chickens and training on breeding and housing them;
  • A goat for $58 that gives twice -- the first female kid produced from you gift will be given to another family to continue the magic;
  • For $50, ensure a girl joins her brother in school;
  • Support Oxfam's disaster response work with gifts such as $22 hygiene kits or $100 emergency latrines.

This holiday season, Oxfam Unwrapped is introducing five new gift items that support Oxfam's GROW campaign to help prevent nearly 1 billion people - mostly girls and women - from going hungry next year. "Furry friend" gifts, including sheep and donkeys, remain the most popular gift choices. New items include planting a vegetable garden, digging a well or training a pump minder to bring fresh water to an entire community.

Now entering its sixth year, the Oxfam Unwrapped program has benefitted thousands of people and communities in the Americas, Africa and Asia. It has also given thousands of Canadians a compelling and fun alternative to battling crowded malls and parking lots over the holidays.

Shoppers can purchase an Oxfam Unwrapped gift in their own name or on behalf of someone else. For more information and to start checking people off your the list, visit oxfamunwrapped.ca.

About Oxfam Canada
Oxfam Canada stands in solidarity with women and men around the world, helping them with the tools and intangibles that empower them to become leaders in their communities. Our programs in Africa, Asia and the Americas are designed to strengthen skills so women, men girls and boys are able to exercise their rights and tackle the root causes of poverty. For more information visit Oxfam.ca.   

SOURCE Oxfam Canada

For further information:

Julia Harper
Idea Workshop
julia@ideaworkshop.ca
416-504-3977 x25
647-330-4706(cell)


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