Christmas gift catalogue to help children and families fighting for survival because of COVID-19

Compassion Canada addresses urgent needs of families caused by pandemic and empowers communities with long term solutions

With two young boys, a baby on the way and no hope of work, Hanna L* was ready to give up on life—until the gift of vegetable seeds changed everything. Now the single mother in Ethiopia is thriving after receiving help from Compassion in order to meet both short and long term needs caused by the pandemic.
With two young boys, a baby on the way and no hope of work, Hanna L* was ready to give up on life—until the gift of vegetable seeds changed everything. Now the single mother in Ethiopia is thriving after receiving help from Compassion in order to meet both short and long term needs caused by the pandemic.
With two young boys, a baby on the way and no hope of work, Hanna L* was ready to give up on life—until the gift of vegetable seeds changed everything. Now the single mother in Ethiopia is thriving after receiving help from Compassion in order to meet both short and long term needs caused by the pandemic.
Hanna L* at her vegetable stand, works to provide for her family after receiving start-up funds through local Compassion partners in Ethiopia. Once jobless, her young family now thrives, despite the challenges of the pandemic.
Hanna L* at her vegetable stand, works to provide for her family after receiving start-up funds through local Compassion partners in Ethiopia. Once jobless, her young family now thrives, despite the challenges of the pandemic.
Hanna L* at her vegetable stand, works to provide for her family after receiving start-up funds through local Compassion partners in Ethiopia. Once jobless, her young family now thrives, despite the challenges of the pandemic.

LONDON, ONTARIO, Nov. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

Too many children around the world go day to day without enough food, water, shelter and protection. COVID-19 has made this reality even worse. This year alone, an additional 71 million people are expected to be pushed back into extreme poverty (living on less than $1.90 a day) because of the pandemic.

In response to this alarming need, Compassion Canada has designed its annual Gifts of Compassion gift guide to help Canadians direct their holiday giving in order to make real life impact in the lives of children living in poverty.  

“We’re dedicated to providing stability to children, families and their communities in the most critical situations,” says Allison Alley, President and CEO of Compassion Canada. “Their survival depends on it.” 

Gifts that will provide COVID-19 relief include:

Compassion’s global efforts to ensure children and families survive the pandemic have delivered more than 7.1 million food packs, over 4.6 million hygiene kits and more than 254,000 cash transfers to families in need. Compassion has also assisted more than 438,000 individuals access medical care.

Each gift in the guide is locally sourced and handpicked by members of the community, people that know the real needs of families who face new challenges in the wake of COVID-19’s destructive path. For women like Hanna L*, a pregnant single mother in Ethiopia who lost her job just as the coronavirus swept the country, these targeted gifts made all the difference. Compassion’s local church partners were able to connect Hanna to critical prenatal care, food supplies and then medical care after she delivered her child.

“In addition to providing food supplies and paying rent for some, we thought it is only wise to think of a sustainable solution that enables mothers [like Hanna]

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Argos brings out Christmas gift guide despite scrapping its famous catalogue

ARGOS shoppers have been left delighted after spotting its free Christmas gift guide is back in stores – despite the retailer scrapping its catalogue.

The store chain announced it would stop printing its catalogue after almost 50 years as customers increasingly shop online.

Argos is stocking its 'Book of Dreams' Christmas gift guide

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Argos is stocking its ‘Book of Dreams’ Christmas gift guideCredit: Joey Tamburello

But despite its catalogue being no-more, Argos is still doing its traditional “Book of Dreams” Christmas gift guide.

The book contains Christmas present inspiration, including toys, tech and stocking fillers.

It’s different to the main catalogue, in that it focuses just on Christmas ideas, as opposed to the entire Argos range.

Posting on the Latest Deals, Extreme Couponing and Bargains Facebook group, one shopper said: “Not sure if people have said but Argos have brought out a Christmas gift guide! We can circle what we want again.”

Argos' Christmas gift guide is in stores now

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Argos’ Christmas gift guide is in stores now

Replying to the post, another customer said: “Please can you get me one.”

A second shopper said: “Get stocked up!”

A third commented: “I use to do this every year with my children and grandchildren. Use to keep them quiet then you can pick stuff they want.”

Argos previously told The Sun that its Christmas gift guide would continue to be printed, despite axing its catalogue. 

The retailer is also advertising it on its website with the following message: “Brimming with trending tech, stocking fillers, twinkling treasures and more.

“Get your hands on this year’s gift guide for all the ideas and inspiration you’ll need to make this Christmas mega.

“A one-stop shop for tree-mendous gifts everyone will have on their wish list.”

The catalogue, meanwhile, was axed in July 2020 in a move that devastated customers.

But its demise had long been coming, with Argos reportedly scrapping it in some stores back in 2017.

The catalogue was first launched in 1972 and had been running for 48 years.

Two editions were printed each year for customers to take home or to browse in stores.

We’ve asked Argos if the Christmas gift guide is in every store, and how long it’ll be available for, and we’ll update this article when we know more.

In more Argos news, the retailer has launched a half price toy sale with discounts on Peppa Pig and Lego.

Argos was recently mocked for selling a pair of curtains that look like cigarettes – but they

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