Canadians can share the true holiday spirit with displaced children and families

TORONTO, Nov. 26, 2015 /CNW/ - The holiday season is a time of the year when we come together with friends and loved ones over food, drinks and gifts. For some, simply surviving this past year has been a gift. The World Vision Gift Catalogue offers Canadians the opportunity to share the true meaning of Christmas by giving their loved one a present that helps families displaced by the Syrian Crisis.

Over nearly five years fighting in Syria has reportedly killed 220,000 people, 76,000 in past year alone. More than four million people have fled the country and 7.6 million are displaced in Syria, over half of which are children. Giving someone the Help the Syrian Crisis present from the World Vision Gift Catalogue will help World Vision provide access to food, shelter, water, healthcare, education and protection.

According to a recent Ipsos Reid poll conducted for World Vision, 88% of Canadians feel that we need to spend more time at Christmas focusing on those who need help. With the Canadian government matching donations to the Syria Crisis until December 31st, giving this gift is the meaningful shopping experience that more people are looking for, and a powerful way for families to come together to show love and make a significant difference in the lives of children and families in need.


"We know that Canadians value Christmas as a time to bring family together, show their love for one another and help others. Through gifts like Help the Syrian Crisis, Canadian families are giving other families who are in the midst of dangerous and unpredictable situations a priceless gift of safe and healthy time together."

-Bob Neufeld, Manager of Emergency and Corporate Communications, World Vision Canada

Quick Facts:

According to a recent Ipsos Reid poll conducted for World Vision

  • 89% of Canadians feel Christmas is becoming too commercial
  • 84% prefer to give a gift that helps someone in need
  • 67% would rather receive a meaningful gift that would help someone else than other traditional gifts like clothes or electronics

Available for interview:
Bob Neufeld, Manager of Emergency and Corporate Communications, World Vision Canada

  • On location in Serbia, available for Skype or phone interviews Thursday, November 26 starting 7a.m. EST
  • Available for interviews in Canada Monday, November 30

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Visit our News Centre at

SOURCE World Vision Canada

Image with caption: "Syrian girl at an informal refugee settlement in Lebanon holds the blankets she and her siblings were provided by World Vision. The Help the Syrian Crisis donation from the World Vision Gift Catalogue provides a present Canadians can give to loved ones concerned about recent global events. (CNW Group/World Vision Canada)". Image available at:

For further information: For interviews contact: Genevieve Barber - 416-671-0086 or


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