Monday, December 02, 2013

Rick Steves' GIft

Many of the festive traditions that we celebrate during the Advent and Christmas season were brought to our country by European immigrants.  Travel writer and television host brings us to the source of these traditions in his show  show "European Christmas." Below is a clip, and here is a link to the full show on Hulu.

Receive European Christmas Package or autographed book
Rick Steves would the first to remind us that celebrating tradition is only a part of Advent and Christmas. The wonderful sounds, scents and visuals of the season go hand-in-hand with efforts to reach out to our neighbors near and far.

As part of his traditional celebration of the Christmas season, Rick Steves, a good friend of Bread for the World, also promotes the work of the organization.  He raises funds for Bread via his network “Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door."

Here are some excerpts from this year's appeal.

 If these times seem tough for our friends and family, imagine how tough they are for hungry and poor people. 

This year the needs and rewards are particularly great. I’d love to send you a special Christmas package in thanks for your gift to empower Bread’s work. This gift package was so overwhelmingly popular last year that I want to offer it again so you can share it with even more of your loved ones. 

Here's my challenge to you this Christmas: make a gift of $100 or more and as a thank you, I'll match your gift (up to $100,000) and send you my European Christmas gift package OR an autographed copy of my book Travel as a Political Act. 

Click here to participate in Rick Steves' Challenge   He explains the challenge in this video.

The European Christmas package includes:
  •  My Rick Steves’ European Christmas DVD; 
  • Our European Christmas coffee table book; and 
  • A Christmas music CD featuring 20 of our favourite European carols.
While the charitable work we do as caring citizens is important, it’s important to remember that all the food provided by these charities amounts to just 5 percent of the food available for poor and hungry people. The government provides the rest. That means Bread’s advocacy has a huge impact on caring for the most vulnerable people among us. I’m convinced that supporting Bread is the best way to leverage my charitable giving. That’s why I’ve been a Bread member for 30 years. (Click here to see other ways in which Rick Steves has helped raise funds for Bread).

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