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Help Bread and Receive a Special Holiday Gift from Rick Steves


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By Rick Steves

If these times seem tough for our friends and family, imagine how tough they are for hungry and poor people. To add meaning to the holiday season, every Christmas I raise funds for Bread for the World through my network at “Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door.” This year the needs and rewards are particularly great. I’d love to send you a special Christmas package in thanks for your gift to empower Bread’s work. This gift package was so overwhelmingly popular last year that I want to offer it again so you can share it with even more of your loved ones.

I believe hungry people need strong, compassionate advocates like you and Bread for the World—especially when there are so many interests competing for attention on Capitol Hill.

While the charitable work we do as caring citizens is important, it’s important to remember that all the food provided by these charities amounts to just 5 percent of the food available for poor and hungry people. The government provides the rest. That means Bread’s advocacy has a huge impact on caring for the most vulnerable people among us. 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.

David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, recently told me that Bread’s work is particularly critical now and worth empowering with our financial support:

“We are at a point at which ideologues in Congress are threatening deep cuts in programs that provide help and opportunity to poor people in our country—programs such as SNAP (formerly food stamps), Medicaid, and tax credits for the working poor,” he said. “Of course, all Americans can be enthusiastic about our government running a tight fiscal ship. But if the budget is to be balanced on the backs of poor people, innocent children will suffer, and the civility woven into the fabric of our society will be threatened.”

I see Bread for the World not as a charity, but as a service. The organization is transforming my concern about hunger into effective action by diligently working to protect struggling people in our country and around the world.

So here’s my challenge to you this Christmas: Help Bread for the World continue its crucial work with your gift of $100 or more. As a thank you, I’ll send you three gifts (worth $50) from my Rick Steves’ European Christmas collection:

  • “Rick Steves’ European Christmas” DVD (our PBS-TV special celebrating a traditional, non-commercial, and sacred Christmas in seven different countries)
  • “Rick Steves’ European Christmas” coffee-table book (the fun insights and best photos I gathered while producing the special)
  • “Rick Steves’ European Christmas” music CD (produced while filming, featuring our 20 favorite European carols)

I’ll happily pay for the cost of these three gifts, as well as postage, so that Bread for the World can use 100 percent of your donation. Make your gift by Dec. 7 to receive this offer and you’ll get everything in time for Christmas.

 It’s my hope that these gifts will add a wonderful new twist to your family celebrations for years to come (as they have for mine), while also 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.


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