My favorite Christmas gift… Thai jewelry and protecting girls
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 Leigh Anna Scheuerman, from the Women of Vision helpdesk.
“Rain drops on roses and whiskers on kittens…” These are a few of Fraulein Maria’s favorite things.
For me, a few of my favorite things can be found in World Vision’s Gift Catalog. But what item in the Gift Catalog am I most passionate about? The Handcrafted Thai Jewelry (specifically in turquoise). Not only are the bracelets and necklaces beautiful, handmade, and provide a little pop of color to your every day outfit, but these items tell a story: A story of perseverance, a story of recovery, a story of hope.
I gave the bracelet to my mom for Christmas last year (Hi mom!), and I may or may not have borrowed it a few times. But each time I wear it someone stops me… the grocery store, airport, or the coffee shop and they insist on me telling them where I found that “stunning item.” It is in these small instances, these by chance run-ins, that I’m able to share with them not only the work World Vision does, but about the girls that this item specifically helps. All donations from this item go directly to a project that helps protect vulnerable girls from exploitation. The bracelet I borrow from my mom helps me (a girl originally from a small town of 500!) raise a voice and take a stance on modern day slavery.
Every child deserves a right to experience innocence.
Alone I can’t stop modern day slavery, but I can be a voice. And this jewelry give me the opportunity to encourage conversation and raise awareness. And that is why it is one of my favorite things!Gift Catalog 2013