The Farmers Helping Farmers Holiday Campaign 2017 offers many ways to give a gift with meaning and support the work of the P.E.I.-based organization in Kenya as donations to the campaign support many families, schools and women's groups.
There are a dozen different gift suggestions, from $10 for mosquito nets, $20 for soccer balls, $90 for milk for school children, $500 for a water tank to $1,000 to establish a vegetable garden for a school.
Carol and John MacLeod have a sheep and beef farm in Valleyfield and have been taking part in the Holiday Campaign since it started.
"Being farmers ourselves, and knowing Teresa and Ken Mellish personally for many years, we have supported the fund raising initiatives since the early days," said Carol MacLeod.
"It is rewarding to think that we are helping in a small way."
This year, the MacLeods are donating $50 for a solar light for a child to study at night.
"The solar light for students to be able to study in the evenings is so important to their education," said MacLeod.
The MacLeods also like that their donation comes with a gift card so they can pass on the generosity.
"Giving on an annual basis adds up and so must have an impact in the long run," said MacLeod.
"We are amazed at how much good work Farmers Helping Farmers has done over the years."
This year, Kemp is donating to a new category on the Holiday Campaign list, supporting the work of Farmers Helping Farmers in making schools in Kenya more inclusive.
The donation is in honour of a Kenyan boy she met named Cedric, who had both mental and physical challenges, and has since died.
"We would hope it would help other families to be able to have their children with disabilities attend the local school," said Kemp.
"We thought it was a great way to remember Cedric, as well."
Another popular item on the holiday campaign list is a water tank that allows women to collect and store clean rain water in their homes during the two rainy seasons.
This saves them from hauling water from a stream and gives them time for more productive work, like growing a vegetable garden.
"It costs us so little to be able to give so much," said Kemp.
"I know FHF is an organization that works directly with the schools, people and organizations there and does amazing work," said Kemp.
"I know my donation is being spent for exactly what I chose it to be spent on and that it will make a huge difference in someone's life."
Last year, supporters made the 2016 Holiday Campaign a success, contributing more than $54,000 towards projects in Kenya, the biggest total yet.
To see the entire list of gift suggestions, please visit the Farmers Helping Farmers website where you can also click on the DONATE button and make your donation online: www.farmershelpingfarmers.ca