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Last Minute Gift Idea That Supports Communities in Need Around the World

Online convenience makes the fully tax-deductible charitable gift a great holiday idea

PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 17/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Global relief and development organization Mercy Corps offers gift-givers unique charitable gift options -- Mercy Kits.

These gifts provide the opportunity to share and support a commitment or cause -- such as hunger or climate change -- with their loved ones while making a fully tax-deductible donation to Mercy Corps' global humanitarian programs.

Each Mercy Kit recipient receives an attractive personalized card from the friend, family member or co-worker who purchased the kit. The card describes a program the donation supports. Cards can be e-mailed or printed, making Mercy Kits a perfect last minute gift idea. The buyer will also receive a receipt for tax-deduction purposes.

For 2008, we're offering eight new kits, a wider price range to fit every budget, and all new card designs.

"With Mercy Kits, gift-givers can thoughtfully pay tribute to friends and loved ones while helping alleviate poverty in communities around the world," says Caitlin Carlson, Communications Officer for Mercy Corps.

Mercy Corps makes holiday shopping easy with a Mercy Kit online gift catalog offering more than 20 options as low as $16 at that include:

  • New for 2008 - Emergency Food Kit: Quickly delivers nutritious food to families displaced by conflict, natural disasters or other causes ($18).
  • New for 2008 - Fuel-Efficient Stove Kit: Teaches women in war-torn Congo to build fuel-efficient cookstoves that reduce charcoal use and gives them a marketable skill. ($16).
  • Climate Change Kit: Provides seed money for carbon-neutral projects that help fight climate change while creating living-wage jobs in poor communities ($60).

Other Mercy Kits support innovative, sustainable programs for agriculture, health, education and more.

Mercy Corps works amid disasters, conflicts, chronic poverty and instability to unleash the potential of people who can win against nearly impossible odds. Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided $1.5 billion in assistance to people in 106 nations. Supported by headquarters offices in North America and Europe, the agency's global programs employ 3,500 staff worldwide and reach more than 16.4 million people in more than 35 countries. Over the past five years, more than 89 percent of the agency's resources have been allocated directly to programs that help people in need. For more information, visit

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