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This Holiday Season, Give a Gift that Does a World of Good

Seva Foundation's Gifts of Service® Turns Your Compassion into Life Changing Solutions

BERKELEY, CA  (November 29, 2012) – Come December, skip the long lines and steep price tags at the department stores and instead give someone a gift that matters — like sponsoring sight-restoring eye surgery for a child who is blind in Nepal, or providing a Native American youth with life-saving diabetes prevention services.

This holiday season, shoppers can reconnect with the true meaning of the season by sending Gifts of Service® from Seva Foundation to honor their friends and loved ones.

For nearly 35 years, Seva has celebrated compassion and embraced the connections we each share as global citizens. Working in many of the poorest communities around the world, Seva creates grassroots programs that build sustainable solutions to poverty.

“The holidays to me represent a time for giving — not just in material form, but in compassion and service,” said Jack Blanks, Seva's Executive Director. ”Our Gifts of Service program embodies this spirit and allows people to turn gift giving into a way to help those in need. Imagine being able to give someone their eyesight back! I can't think of a better holiday gift than that.”

  • Browse the Gifts of Service catalog, available in print and online at, and select gifts to honor your friends, family, and business associates. These alternative gifts are actually services, such as bringing cataract surgery to people in remote rural regions of Tibet, and all gifts are tax deductible.

  • For each gift, Seva sends a beautiful card for you to honor the special people in your life. Each card contains a description of what the gift will achieve and space for a personal message from you. Seva also offers Gifts of Service eCards that can be sent by email — perfect for last minute shoppers.

  • Your gift of compassion will change someone's life forever!

"I love the variety of choices that Gifts of Service offers, so I can find something really meaningful for each person on my holiday list," says Meg Conkey of Berkeley, California. "My son has traveled a lot
in Nepal, so he loves the gift that brings eye care to the villagers there. My daughter is a nurse
working with diabetes patients, so she’s excited about the gift that brings wellness education to
Native American communities. And I love the 4-Pack Gift Cards, so I’m always ready for spur of the
moment gift giving. It’s perfect — something for everyone!"

For more information about Seva Foundation and Gifts of Service, please visit:

About Seva Foundation

Seva Foundation is most widely known for its innovative eye care programs in Asia, Africa, and Central America, which have helped three million blind people to see again through affordable cataract surgeries. Here in the U.S., Seva partners with Native American communities that are committed to building healthy peoples, healthy cultures, and healthy lands.


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