My favorite Christmas gift… fruit trees

Photo: ©2013 Le Thiem Xuan/World Vision

Photo: ©2013 Le Thiem Xuan/World Vision

Our “My Favorite Christmas Gift…” series continues as World Vision staff, partners and friends share stories around World Vision’s Gift Catalog.

Today we hear from Cindy Mesko, World Vision’s Director of Volunteer Engagement.

I love fruit. You name it … oranges, apples, papayas, bananas… I haven’t met a fruit I didn’t like. I would have a really hard time giving up fruit in my diet. I could go without vegetables, maybe – but not fruit. As a child, there would always be a big, juicy orange in the toe of my Christmas stocking each year. I was more excited over that orange than anything else.

That is why I love the idea of giving fruit trees for Christmas. In the developing world, too many children are growing up without the essential nutrition provided by fruit packed with vitamin C and antioxidants. A gift of fruit trees provides very real protection from illness and assures healthy development in young children whose diets are far from balanced. Can you imagine the smiles of children biting into fruit for the very first time?

Fruit trees also provide a great source of income to families who can sell the produce and plant seedlings for the benefit of other families. A fruit tree is truly the gift that keeps on giving! You can alleviate hunger, provide sustainable nutrition, and strengthen the economic stability of a community through a gift of fruit trees. Next time you buy yourself a bag of oranges, think about matching that with a gift of fruit trees to a deserving family. It will provide uncounted blessings of health and economic hope!

Give the gift of fruit trees today and bless a family in poverty with health and hope.

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