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MA Gifts - No Wrapping Required

November 25, 2008

Cambridge, MA – A gift for the person who has everything that benefits the person who has nothing. A humanitarian aid group in Cambridge is promoting "gift kits" to help people around the world caught up in natural disasters, war and food shortages.

Mercy Corps Communications Officer Caitlin Carlson says the kits are especially important this year because big news about the economy and elections has edged out coverage of disasters, and that coverage helps bring in money to aid survivors.

"The Honduras flood and the Pakistan earthquake in October are really good examples of that. Not a lot of people have heard about the need in those areas."

Mercy Corps is offering 20 kinds of Mercy Kits, including packages that help set up safe drinking water, those that pay for child health care, and those that help families set up small businesses.

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

Families can get help in becoming self-sufficient for as little as $16, and the purchase price of each kit is tax-deductible, according to Carlson.

More information about the kits, and details on humanitarian and rebuilding projects, at

Deborah Smith/Deb Courson, Public News Service - MA