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Dec 20, 2011, 09:47 ET from Oxfam America

Give a last minute gift that can change a life forever


BOSTON, Dec. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Through Oxfam America's alternative online shopping catalog, last minute shoppers can give friends and family life-changing gifts from the comfort of their homes.   Avoid hectic crowds at the mall and visit to Gift Better – and smarter – this holiday season. 


Oxfam America's Unwrapped catalog offers items that symbolically represent the organization's lifesaving work. Each purchase is a contribution toward Oxfam's many programs that help people living in poverty throughout the world.  

"There is still time to make a difference," said Stephanie Kurzina, vice president of fundraising and communications at Oxfam America.   "Visit and choose a unique gift that does good.  Personalize an e-card that can be instantly delivered to a loved one and Oxfam will deliver life changing services and products to someone in need."

These last minute gifts can make a long-term difference:

  • donkeys ($100) are used in Sudan to help people help themselves by building a local economy;
  • choose a water pump ($135) to help flood-damaged areas such as El Salvador to help bring clean water to villagers; and
  • stocking cereal banks ($275) has helped people in Gambia overcome food scarcity.

Or choose from over 70 other gifts ranging from $12 (manure) to $5,000 (help a village recover from a disaster). 

All gift contributions are general donations to support Oxfam America's mission of fighting poverty, hunger and social injustice in over 90 countries around the world. Gifts are fully tax-deductible.  For more information on how to gift better this holiday season, visit

Camera-ready art, a video featuring Scarlett Johansson and Oxfam America spokespeople are available to the press.

Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Together with individuals and local groups in more than 90 countries, Oxfam saves lives, helps people overcome poverty, and fights for social justice. To join our efforts or learn more, go to

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