New Zealanders invited to share a Smile this Mother’s Day

 This Mother’s Day, New Zealanders are invited to acknowledge the ‘mums’ in their lives by giving a gift of Smiles to help change a mum’s life in some of the world’s toughest places. 

In the lead up to Mother’s Day on Sunday 14 May, Kiwis can visit the World Vision Smiles gift shop online to choose from a selection of newly-designed Mother’s Day cards and purchase a meaningful gift from the Smiles catalogue. 

Smiles Gifts are sustainable, life-changing gifts that give women and children around the world the essentials they need to thrive. 

Some of the gifts on offer include a chicken for a family ($12), a vege garden ($28), $63 to keep mothers and their babies healthy, $80 to give a girl an education and $160 to help a woman start a business. 

Smiles Gifts put smiles on the faces of children and families in many of the countries where World Vision works, as well as on the faces of those who receive the personalised Smiles card on Mother’s Day. 

World Vision’s International Partnerships Director TJ Grant says Smiles Gifts helps families in vulnerable places become self-sufficient by creating stronger, healthier communities where children can thrive. 

“Each Smiles gift can help to make a tangible and lasting impact on families and communities around the world. A gift like a goat can provide a family with a source of income and nutrition, while also supporting a child’s education. By contributing towards the construction of a toilet, you’re not just improving sanitation for one family but also promoting better health for an entire community,” he says. 

“By choosing to give a Smiles gift, you’re not only paying tribute to the mother figures in your life, but also empowering struggling mothers and their children to create a brighter future.” 

Over the years, Smiles Gifts have benefited thousands of families and children around the world, giving them the tools to build a brighter future. 

“Instead of heading to the shopping mall and making a last-minute purchase, which can very often be something that mum doesn’t need, we’d encourage Kiwis to order a sustainable Smiles Gift online and have it delivered in the post, or digitally. It’s that easy! And it’s a gift that spreads the love not just within your own family, but for families in communities in need around the world,” adds Grant. 

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