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V-Day Featured in ABC Carpet & Home's "Gifts of Compassion"

12/15/2005

Help fund shelter for abused Egyptian women and their families
Or

Give 1 year of shelter and education for a young girl trying to escape FGM in Africa

ABC Home & Planet Foundation is encouraging consumers to actively build a better world by aligning their spending choices with their values this holiday season through "Gifts of Compassion." Through ABC's new offering, holiday shoppers will have the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of children and families -- both in America and around the world. Gift givers receive an embroidered silk pouch, fashioned from a vintage sari, containing a "Gift of Compassion" certificate that fully describes the gift, indicating that a special gift has been made on behalf of the recipient.

Two unique Gifts of Compassion benefit V-Day programs at the V-Day Safe House in Narok, Kenya and in Cairo, Egypt:

1. Shelter for an abused Egyptian Woman: Provide food, shelter and counseling services to an abused Egyptian woman and family at Bayat Hawa, the Arab world's first comprehensive domestic violence shelter -- $100.

2. Protection from Female Genital Mutilation: This gift provides shelter, food, training and school for one 12-year-old Maasai girl who refuses to submit to the ritual of female genital mutilation (FGM). The gift allows the girl to stay for one year at the V-Day Safe House for the Girls in Narok, Kenya -- $1,000

In addition, ABC Home & Planet Foundation’s MISSIONmarket also accepts charitable contributions of any amount $40 or greater to V-Day, which can be given and presented as a gift to a loved one.

"Gifts of Compassion" provides an opportunity to express affection, appreciation and love for each other in a unique and beautiful way that harms no one, consumes virtually no resources, does not pollute, and makes a lasting contribution in the life of a family or community in need. In honor of a loved one, you can literally change the life of someone earning less than $1 a day.

To give a Gift of Compassion, visit http://www.abchomeandplanet.org/GiftsofCompassion.aspx