5 Ways to Change a Life for Under $20

November 15, 2021 • Worldwide
Blankets and bedding

Here are some gifts you can give through our 2021 Gift Catalog. And the kids can help, too!

Sometimes simple gifts have the biggest impact. It doesn’t take much to abundantly bless someone else in need. Through the following gift ideas—all under $20—these are gifts even your kids can help give to make a difference that will last long after your Christmas wrapping paper is thrown away.

Inspired by the story of a little orphan girl in Rwanda who was singing “Jesus Loves Me” in French, Ruth Bell Graham came up with the idea of musical lambs that play the beloved tune whenever a child cuddles them. We hand out thousands of these soft lambs in Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts around the world. They are especially cherished by boys and girls who are blind or hospitalized. For $10, we can provide musical lambs for four children.

1. ‘Jesus Loves Me’ Lambs

When Ruth Bell Graham heard a story about an orphan girl in Rwanda singing “Jesus Loves Me,” she was inspired to create cuddly toy lambs that play the tune—a comforting reminder of the Good Shepherd. Children love to give these musical gifts, and children all around the world love receiving them! A gift of $10 can give four children one of these little lambs, and plant a seed for the Gospel in their hearts.

For $6, we can provide a blanket or other bedding to a child or a family who need an encouraging reminder of how much the Lord cares for them. “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes” (Revelation 21:4).

2. Blankets and Bedding

This time of year, the temperature is dropping for many of us. It’s a good time to cozy up with a warm blanket. But many people around the world don’t have even this small comfort. Imagine how hard it is to sleep with no covering following a disaster that has destroyed your home. You can supply a blanket or other bedding to a child or a family for just $6.


3. Honeybees

A hive of honeybees can provide desperately needed nutrition for impoverished families struggling to make ends meet. Beekeeping is also a great source of income. For just $20 you can provide a starter hive and training for a family.

For impoverished families, a brood of chicks can become a daily reminder of God’s faithfulness, as their eggs provide nutritious food as well as income. For $14, we can supply a dozen chicks, help a family set up a coop, or offer basic veterinary care.

4. Baby Chicks

Baby chicks will grow up to lay hundreds of eggs every month, providing desperately needed nutrition and income for poor families. And these are great gifts kids can join in giving to help meet the needs of families around the world. For $14 you can provide a family with 12 chicks, instruction on setting up a coop, and ongoing veterinary care.

5. Gospel Booklets

Having the message of the Gospel printed in their own language is a blessing many children around the world do not have. That’s why millions of Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts are distributed by Samaritan’s Purse every year, accompanied by a colorful, child-friendly Gospel booklet that illustrates Christ’s life, death, burial, and resurrection. This is a great opportunity to involve your kids in helping share God’s Word with the world! For many children, it is the first time they have heard the story of Jesus! For $5, we can bless 10 children with these evangelistic booklets.