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How to send Christmas cards that help the world’s poorest people

Sending Christmas cards is a lovely way to keep in touch with friends and family, to let them know you’re thinking of them during the festive season. Your Christmas cards can also be ethical, and show how much you care about charity and people living in poverty around the world.

1. Buy Charity Christmas cards

Traidcraft stocks both modern and traditional Christmas cards If you haven’t yet bought your Christmas cards and want to support CAFOD's work helping the world's poorest people out of poverty, have a look at Traidcraft’s charity Christmas card selection. These beautiful cards have raised thousands of pounds for CAFOD – changing countless lives around the world.


2. Write your Merry Christmas message to friends and family

Add your Season's Greetings to your cards! Do the long-distance ones first so you don't miss the last post date and remember to put the right card in the correct envelope! 

3. Seal the Envelope with a CAFOD World Gifts charity sticker

Add a special touch with World Gifts stickers to make your charity Christmas cards even more charitable! We have two sets of stickers to add to your cards – Immunise a child or A meal for someone in poverty. Each sticker represents a little difference you can make to someone’s life, so by adding a sticker you can show your loved one that their card has also helped some of the world’s poorest people.

Close up image of 'A meal for someone in poverty' stickers

A Meal for Someone in Poverty (14 stickers) - £8.00

Nutritious meals can make the difference between being too tired to work to earn a living and being able to support your family. Or for a child they can provide the energy needed to pay attention and study at school.



World Gifts Immunise a child sticker sheet

Immunise a child (28 stickers) - £14

For people living in poverty, medical fees can be very expensive. But vaccinations can prevent many diseases from affecting children in the first place – keeping them and their communities healthier.



If you've got any stickers left over after sending out your cards, you can also add them to gift labels, birthday cards, or use them as reward stickers for children – perhaps for a children’s liturgy group or school class.

4. Post your ethical Christmas cards!

This is a vital step, but as long as you're organised, it should be simple! Just remember those last post dates and don't forget to add a stamp. Then sit back, relax (or maybe focus on Christmas presents, the turkey, etc) and enjoy the festive season!

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