For the last 3 years, I've given my 5th grade students the option to do a Secret Santa gift exchange, or to donate the money they would spend on Secret Santa to a charity. This year they chose to donate to World Vision
  1. World Vision supports children and families in need around the world
    worldvision.org
  2. Not only did they volunteer to donate their money, my students decided to hold a bake sale at school to raise more money
    I'm so proud of my kids!
  3. The bake sale raised $127
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  4. The students told their parents about what they were doing, and their parents chipped in
  5. One student gave his own Christmas gift money from his grandparents
  6. Grand total collected: $467 What would have been a total $45 gift exchange was multiplied like fishes and loaves to be a blessing to many
  7. Here is what the students selected from the World Vision catalogue:
  8. Sheep
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    One healthy ewe gives nutritious milk for essential protein, vitamins, and minerals, plus plenty of wool to knit warm sweaters and blankets
  9. Ducks
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    Produce hundreds of nutritious protein-rich eggs
  10. Goat
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    Nourishes a family with fresh milk, cheese, and yoghurt
  11. Chickens
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    Produce 150 eggs/year which can feed a family and/or provide an income
  12. Pig
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    One sow can produce 20 babies a year
  13. Rabbits
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    Provide a source of food and income
  14. Share of an ox and plow
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    Helps farmers be more productive
  15. Fish pond
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    Provides nourishment for a community
  16. Seeds
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    Drought-resistant and produce food for a family
  17. Soccer balls
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    Will replace makeshift balls (banana leaves, trash); every child deserves the chance to play safely