Rick Steves: Celebrate Christmas and Fight Hunger at the Same Time!
Screenshot from Rick Steves' European Christmas
If times seem tough for our friends and family now, imagine how tough they are for hungry and poor people. To inject a little extra meaning into the holiday season, each Christmas we put on a fundraiser for Bread for the World. This year the needs and rewards are particularly great. I’d love to send you a special Christmas gift package in thanks for your gift to empower Bread’s work.
Bread urges our government to address the needs of hungry people here at home and around the world. Especially today, when there are so many interests elbowing for attention on Capitol Hill, hungry and poor people need a strong, compassionate advocate like Bread.
While all the great charitable work we do as caring citizens is important, it’s interesting to realize that all the food provided by these charities amounts to just 6 percent of the food provided by government programs for poor and hungry people. That means that the advocacy work of Bread for the World has a huge impact on the most vulnerable among us. Considering the value of this advocacy work, I’m convinced that supporting Bread is the best way to leverage my charitable giving. That’s why I’ve been a Bread member for 30 years now.
I see Bread for the World not as a charity, but as a service. They are transforming my concern about hunger into effective actionby trying to protect struggling people in our country.
So here’s my challenge to you for this Christmas: Help Bread for the World’s dedicated staff do their work with your gift of $100. As a thank you, I’ll send you three gifts (worth $50):
- My Rick Steves’ European Christmas DVD (our PBS-TV special which celebrates a traditional, non-commercial, and sacred Christmas in seven different countries);
- Our European Christmas coffee-table book (sharing the fun insights and best photos I picked up while producing this special); and
- The Christmas music CD we produced while filming (featuring our 20 favorite European carols).
- View a 2-minute video about the gifts.
I’ll happily pay for the cost of these gifts and postage so that Bread can use 100 percent of your donation for their work. Make your gift by December 15, and you’ll get everything in time for Christmas.
It’s my hope that these gifts will bring a wonderful new twist to your family celebrations for years to come (as they have for mine) while enticing you to empower Bread for the World with your donation.
Thanks and Merry Christmas!
Rick Steves (www.ricksteves.com) writes European travel guidebooks and hosts travel shows on public television and public radio. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to him c/o P.O. Box 2009, Edmonds, WA 98020.
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