Kids celebrate the season with festive music and furry friends

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - It was a festive celebration of good will and generosity at World Vision today, and an encouragement for Canadians to help others by giving last-minute presents through The World Vision Gift Catalogue. Children visited the development agency's office and enjoyed a petting zoo, Christmas treats and live holiday music.

The World Vision Gift Catalogue lets Canadians give the gift of a changed life as a Christmas present - perfect for the big-hearted person on a holiday gift list. Gifts include alpacas, sheep, chickens and goats, which were featured at the party.

These presents can be purchased quickly and easily online at E-cards can be sent or printed instantly, for a thoughtful last-minute gift.


"Canadians are providing a beacon of hope in the world, just by giving slightly unconventional gifts. And the goats you see here today are a really popular present. They're cute and are an on-going supply of nutritious milk and income for a deserving family, giving them a bright future."

- Molly Finlay, World Vision Canada

Quick Facts:

  • Last year more than 200,000 gifts were purchased providing $12 million dollars of real, tangible donations through the World Vision Gift Catalogue
  • An Ipsos Reid poll conducted for the World Vision Gift Catalogue reveals 94% of Canadians prefer to give meaningful gifts
  • Gifts can be purchased online at

Background Information:

The World Vision Gift Catalogue lets you give a donation to a loved one as a present. Just choose a cause that means a lot to the caring person on your list. For example donate chickens on behalf of your favourite chef, and you receive a card to give them outlining the difference being made. With almost 100 tangible items available, there is something for everyone on your list

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

Video with caption: "Video: World Vision's Molly Finlay talks about their popular Gift Catalogue, a way to avoid malls and still give meaningful last-minute gifts.". Video available at:

Image with caption: "Elise Vincent, 2, feeds goats with her grandfather at a holiday party held by World Vision to celebrate its popular Gift Catalogue which features real charity donations Canadians can give as gifts, like goats. (CNW Group/World Vision Canada)". Image available at:

SOURCE: World Vision Canada

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For interviews or additional information contact:
Angel Cheng, 905-565-6200 ext. 3364,
Genevieve Barber, 416-671-0086,


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