Shoppers urged to save a life this Christmas

By staff writers
November 4, 2007

Christmas shoppers are being urged to be life savers this Christmas by purchasing a simple baby birthing kit - just one of 42 gifts available from the Christmas 07 Present Aid virtual gift catalogue from Christian Aid.

The gifts have proved to be a huge hit in previous years, with people sending goats and other assorted livestock to the developing world, as a Christmas gift on someone else's behalf.

Christian Aid have expanded the range of charity gifts available, to include new ideas such as the birthing kit.

Newborn deaths in developing countries such as Burkina Faso are nine times higher than those in the UK. This kit, which contains sterilized razor blades, gloves, soap and bandages, could help volunteer midwives trained by Christian Aid partner organisations to prevent infection and the death of thousands of children.

The Present Aid Christmas gift list features 42 inspiring and fun gift ideas, ranging in price from £8 for a basketball for a kids sports project working on peace and reconciliation in Burundi to £3,140 to fund a health worker’s annual salary in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Perfect for friends and relatives, and difficult-to-buy-for people, there is something to suit everyone’s budget and gifts can be ordered from the comfort of your own home.

Loved ones will receive a card detailing their gift and a unique Present Aid mobile ring tone to download.

New gift ideas for Christmas 07 include a barber’s kit for vocational training in Jamaica – perfect for your bearded friends - a greenhouse or watering can for farmers in Bolivia and Mali – ideal for those with green fingers - or a sewing machine for a livelihoods project in Egypt – great for a friend who is a bit crafty!

Gifts for Christmas can be purchased at any time online via the online catalogue. Click here to find out more

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