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ERD catalog offers Christmas 'gifts of life'


A "Gifts for Life" catalog is being unveiled by Episcopal Relief and Development officials just in time for Christmas.

It's a first-time project for the church's agency, offering an opportunity for Episcopalians to make gifts in honor of family members, loved ones, friends and colleagues that will benefit children, families and communities throughout the world.

The 12-page catalog offers gifts in a range of prices, different regions of the world and a variety of programs. For $15, medicine and a mosquito bed-net will help to keep someone safe from malaria. For $125, a family recovering from a flood or hurricane, will be assured of sufficient fresh water, food and other critical supplies.

"We produced the Gifts for Life catalog to offer people unique opportunities to save and improve the quality of human life worldwide," said Sandra Swan, ERD president.

"As little as $70 will help a home-based caregiver provide comfort and basic medical supplies for families suffering from HIV/AIDS. That's a gift anyone can feel good about giving."

There are 18 gift items from which to choose, many with price gradations, so a gift giver can choose to assist a single person, a family, or a whole community. One of the most costly catalog gifts -- $4,200 -- will provide tools and seeds for a whole village to help it alleviate poverty and achieve self-sufficiency.

Each gift purchased comes with an announcement card to the honoree. Or, gift givers have the option of receiving the cards so they can write their own personal Christmas greeting. To ensure that cards will be received by the honoree in time for Christmas, orders should be placed by Dec. 3, ERD officials said.

A copy of the catalog is enclosed in the October issue of ERD's newsletter, FaithWorks, mailed to dioceses, parishes and donors. To order a catalog, visit, or call 800-3334-7626, ext. 5129. To order more than five copies, call Episcopal Parish Services at 800-903-5544.