Gifts of livestock, clean water, medical supplies on lists of some residents

Searching for a unique gift, a number of Sylvan Lake residents have chosen to purchase items that meet critical needs

Searching for a unique gift, a number of Sylvan Lake residents have chosen to purchase items that meet critical needs in places where World Vision works.

More than 26 local residents and families included charitable presents from the World Vision gift catalogue in their holiday giving last year. They purchased $11,820 worth of essential items ranging from livestock to clean water to medical supplies — for children and families in developing countries.

Every gift from the catalogue will change a life, so you can choose the present that’s most meaningful to you to give knowing it will meet a critical need, said a World Vision news release.

A recent survey indicated 60 per cent of Albertans feel there is nothing they need for Christmas, yet 89 per cent enjoy giving gifts. 66 per cent are more likely to give a charitable gift versus 58 per cent of Canadians overall.