This Holiday Season, Compassion International Asks, “What is The Most Memorable Gift You’ve Ever…Given?”

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Compassion International’s Gift Catalog Offers Life-Saving Opportunities

This holiday season, consumers have a chance to give the most memorable gift they’ve ever given.

It seems each holiday season, someone eventually asks the question: “What’s the best/worst gift you’ve ever received?” While that may spark an enjoyable conversation, this year, Compassion International would like to turn the tables and ask: “What’s the most memorable gift you’ve ever…GIVEN?”

Compassion has released its 2013 Gift Catalog that allows consumers to purchase a life-changing gift for children living in poverty around the world. The catalog, which is available online at, offers a wide range of gifts — from $4 for medication to protect a child from deadly parasites to $5,000 for life-saving surgery.

“This holiday season, consumers have a chance to give the most memorable gift they’ve ever given,” says Mark Hanlon, Compassion’s senior vice president of Global Marketing and Engagement, “the chance to save a life, protect a child, give much needed medical treatment or food to a child living in poverty.”

One of the featured products in the Compassion Gift Catalog is the Water of Life filtration system. Using the same technology designed for kidney dialysis, the small, handheld filter effectively eliminates Cholera, Typhoid, E. coli, Amoebic Dysentery and many other bacterial contaminants. For the more than one-billion people in the world who are without access to safe drinking water, the Water of Life filtration system can be a lifesaver. One filter can provide clean water for life for an entire family.

“If a person drinks the suggested 64 ounces of water every day and lives to the age of 80,” says Hanlon, “they’ll consume around 14,600 gallons of water. The Water of Life filtration system can provide up to 1 million gallons of clean water.”

The Water of Life filtration system costs $79.

Compassion International is the world’s leading authority in child sponsorship. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by equipping the Church to develop children out of poverty to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults. It is the only child sponsorship program to be validated through independent, empirical research. Today, Compassion partners with more than 6,000 Christian churches in 26 countries to release more than 1.4 million babies, children and students from poverty in Jesus’ name. Compassion has been awarded the highest rating for financial stewardship and transparency for 12 consecutive years by Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator. For more information on the ministry, visit or follow us on Twitter at @compassion.

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