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MA Shoppers Adding ‘International Aid’ to Holiday Gift List

November 27, 2007

Cambridge, MA – Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, but for the majority of shoppers who haven't yet checked all the names on their lists, an alternative gift might be just the thing for that special someone. According to a new report from Journal of Consumer Research, as materialism increases in children, individual self-esteem is reduced.

Experts believe one way to help curb the fascination with possessions is to use the holiday season as an opportunity to give to people who are truly in need. Mercy Corps' Caitlin Carlson encourages the use of "Mercy Kits" as unique gift ideas that make a positive impact on the world.

"More and more people each year are looking for gifts that have a positive impact to a worthy cause. That's important to them, so it's a great way to share in supporting people around the world in need."

Mercy Corps' products are available year-round, but Carlson says a charitable Christmas or Hanukkah gift also will pay off when next year's taxes are due. Carlson is optimistic the new "Climate Change Kits" offered this year could have a global effect.

"It goes to support startup climate change programs around the world that will help train youth to mitigate the effects of climate change."

More than 20 different kits, provided by Mercy Corps in Cambridge, also are used to help women start businesses in developing countries, and to encourage peace in warring regions.

Kevin Clay, Public News Service - MA