Through Compassion’s Christmas Gift Fund, each child Compassion serves gets a gift at Christmastime. The gifts vary from country to country, and all of them are bought locally by our church partners.

Here’s a peek at just a few of them!

1. New clothes

Little girls and boys wave their hands in celebration at the Christmas party

These toddlers in Rwanda got a set of nice clothing. In many African countries, it’s traditional for parents to get children a nice set of clothing for Christmas. It looks like these little ones have some growing to do!

2. Food supplies

Rejoice Sicikwa Letsu happily holds her gifts of food and vegetable oil in a close-up during the special event Christmas party celebration

At this centre in Ghana, the children received nice clothes the previous year. As the children’s clothes were still in good condition and most families struggled to provide enough food for their children each day, this church partner decided to give food supplies for a Christmas present.

3. Blankets

A girl smiles with her new gifts in hand from the Christmas party at project

Often the gifts are practical. This girl in a cold, mountainous region of Guatemala got blankets to keep warm and a ball.

4. A new backpack

A man in a suit gives a young man a black new backpack as a gift at Christmas

This student in Rwanda received a new backpack for his studies.

5. Toys

A group of kids pose with their Christmas gifts in their Compassion centre. There are pretend palm trees behind them.

In other places, church partners will allow children to request what they want. At this centre in Peru, some children got toys, some got shoes and some got clothes.

6. Games

Amauris Jimenez Jimenez and Adoni Jimenez Jimenez smile together standing in a store holding toys on a table with games and clothes

In some places, children can go shopping for their Christmas gifts, either using vouchers or by returning receipts to Compassion. These boys in the Dominican Republic got clothes, flip-flops and games.

7. A sleeping pad

Maria Bea Morabe walks with her mother through a department store with clothes for sale

This little girl in the Philippines went shopping with her mom and got a sleeping pad, some hair bands, a shirt and a necklace.

Project staff workers sit at a table together with one writing in a notebook

Compassion staff always carefully track presents to ensure each child receives a gift.

When you give to Compassion’s Christmas Gift Fund, you equip our local church partners to give a personalized Christmas gift to every child in Compassion’s programs around the world. Christmas gifts are personally given by local Compassion staff and volunteers who uniquely know each child and their family.

Our local church partners take extra care to ensure that every child feels known and loved and is reminded of Jesus’ love for them.

Bring joy to a child this Christmas!

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Amber Van Schooneveld

Amber Van Schooneveld

Amber Van Schooneveld is the Managing Editor of Compassion International's blog.