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Gift Giving Option Allows Californians To Help Those Recovering From Natural Disasters, Conflict And Poverty

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November 24, 2008

2008 has been a big year for disasters – including the China earthquake in May, the Georgia conflict in August and the recent floods in Honduras. Californians now have an opportunity to support those areas in their recovery efforts through Mercy Corps, which is offering more than 20 different gift packages to help communities around the world.

Caitlin Carlson, communications associate with Mercy Corps, says they have added new environment-focused Mercy Kits this year, including one on climate change that funds training for young job seekers.

"It is an area that we are increasingly focusing on because the effects of climate change affect the poor the most - the people that we work with."

Carlson explains that, in a tight economy, buying a Mercy Kit makes your money go further.

"Not only are you able to check off your list one of your holiday gifts, but you also help people in need around the world, people who live on less than one dollar a day."

Two other gift options new this year focus on emergency response. For as little as $18, Californians can buy emergency food and supplies to help families who have lost or fled their homes. Mercy Kits are available online and are fully tax-deductible. Recipients are given personalized card saying donations have been made in their names.

More information is at

Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided $1.5 billion in assistance to people in 106 nations.

Lori Abbott, Public News Service - CA