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10 Gifts That Really Do Make A Difference

Some gifts really do keep on giving. Give a gift to someone in need this holiday season with Plan International USA.

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1. School Supplies

When thinking about school supplies, it's best to donate to programs that work directly with schools. In the poorest countries, these supplies are often considered a luxury and can jump-start success.
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When thinking about school supplies, it's best to donate to programs that work directly with schools. In the poorest countries, these supplies are often considered a luxury and can jump-start success.

2. Goats

Giving a goat might seem like an odd gift, but a goat can sustain a family with the milk it produces. Through their milk, goats can also provide cheese and yogurt, which families can consume or sell.
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Giving a goat might seem like an odd gift, but a goat can sustain a family with the milk it produces. Through their milk, goats can also provide cheese and yogurt, which families can consume or sell.

3. Money

Small monetary donations toward things like this "Where Needed Most" program ensure that you are giving directly to initiatives that requires immediate attention, like the building of health clinics or providing clean water.
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Small monetary donations toward things like this "Where Needed Most" program ensure that you are giving directly to initiatives that requires immediate attention, like the building of health clinics or providing clean water.

4. Hygiene Kit

Ensure that people have the essential items for self-care, especially in times of disaster, by donating a hygiene kit with soaps, bandages, and sanitary napkins.
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Ensure that people have the essential items for self-care, especially in times of disaster, by donating a hygiene kit with soaps, bandages, and sanitary napkins.

5. Water Purifiers

Water purification tablets are an amazing gift, as they can take undrinkable, stagnant water and make it immediately viable for consumption.
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Water purification tablets are an amazing gift, as they can take undrinkable, stagnant water and make it immediately viable for consumption.

6. Mosquito Nets

A mosquito net is a simple gift that goes a long away by providing comfortable sleep safe from disease-carrying, irritating bugs.
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A mosquito net is a simple gift that goes a long away by providing comfortable sleep safe from disease-carrying, irritating bugs.

7. Soccer Balls

Make some children happy with a soccer ball donation. Soccer balls are long-lasting fun, and they promote teamwork and joy in villages!
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Make some children happy with a soccer ball donation. Soccer balls are long-lasting fun, and they promote teamwork and joy in villages!

8. Seeds

Seeds are one of those great gifts that are very easy to give and can provide a lifetime of return. Give seeds that will grow into fruit trees or vegetable plants and ensure a family will get all the nutrients they need.
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Seeds are one of those great gifts that are very easy to give and can provide a lifetime of return. Give seeds that will grow into fruit trees or vegetable plants and ensure a family will get all the nutrients they need.

9. Fishing Equipment

The adage about teaching a man how to fish is applicable here! You can help struggling families in fishing communities by giving them nets, fishing rods, or a school of fish to multiply.
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The adage about teaching a man how to fish is applicable here! You can help struggling families in fishing communities by giving them nets, fishing rods, or a school of fish to multiply.

10. Baby Chicks

Baby chicks are not only cute, but they grow up to provide nutrient-packed eggs. Giving several chicks is cheap, and they'll naturally multiply, providing eggs for eating and selling at a very low-maintenance cost.
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Baby chicks are not only cute, but they grow up to provide nutrient-packed eggs. Giving several chicks is cheap, and they'll naturally multiply, providing eggs for eating and selling at a very low-maintenance cost.

This holiday season #givedifferently.