Compassion International is always coming up with innovative and creative ideas for the world to help release children from poverty. I am loving their newest implementation.
“Crowd Funding has become a powerful tool in helping people around the world raise money to pursue their passions. Compassion is introducing an entirely new take on that idea-CardFunding. Thanks to an innovative corporate partnership, Compassion has the opportunity to collect new, unused and partially used gift cards and turn them into funding for our mission-helping children around the world escape poverty.” – CardFunder.org
Please watch this short video to learn how the program works.
This is a great way to involve young children and teens to help other children in need. When your children receive gift cards, instead of using it on yet another toy – use this experience as a teaching tool. Teaching your children about generosity and helping others in need is a wonderful life lesson.
There is a $50 gift card that has been living in my desk drawer since Christmas 2010. The gift card is to a popular restaurant in Chicago which is nowhere near where I live; I have never visited there, and do not foresee a trip to the Windy City in my near future.
Yes, I could use this card online which is what the person who gave it to me intended. BUT my options are buying frozen meat online which I am not a huge meat-eater, $50 does not cover even the least expensive option so I would end up having to pay out of pocket for something I do not need or even want. The other option is purchasing two unnecessary T-shirts from their online gift shop and having a useless, wasted remaining balance of $10.
What could $50 do for a child in need?
Save their life.
Change their life.
Help them overcome poverty.
Hmm…….$50 worth of frozen hotdogs, or $50 to help a child in need?
Since becoming involved with Compassion, I have a new sense of awareness. In my pre-Compassion days, I would have viewed the $50 gift card as a thoughtful gift but not really thought that much more about it.
Today I view the $50 gift card still as a thoughtful gift, but my brain now tells me that this gift card is equivalent to four months of salary for Lucky’s guardian.
4 MONTHS OF WORK!
4 MONTHS OF LABOR-INTENSIVE FARMING IN THE HOT UGANDAN SUN!
That realization completely blows my mind.
So…um…yes, I think the answer is quite obvious. I would choose to help a child anytime over hotdogs.
Do you have old gift cards lying around hidden in drawers? Maybe the gift card is to a place that you never visit or has a remaining balance on it and has been collecting dust for months to years.
Or maybe the next time you receive a gift card, instead of using it on a meal or items that are not truly necessary, you could give the gift of changing a life by donating your card to Compassion via CardFunder.