Patricia Heaton on Focusing on Jesus, Giving Back, Her Holiday Traditions, and Why She is Teaming Up With World Vision for Annual Gift Catalog

Patricia Heaton teams up with World Vision for the Opportunity Collection, 2019. | Wilks Communication Group

Just in time for Giving Tuesday and the Christmas holidays, actress Patricia Heaton has teamed up with World Vision to offer her own collection gifts in the nonprofit’s annual gift catalog. 

The “Carol’s Second Act” actress has been committed to doing humanitarian work alongside the Christian organization World Vision for many years and her Opportunity Collection by Patricia Heaton is now part of their gift catalog, which can be viewed here.

Heaton, who says she’s not interested in the indulgence that comes with the holidays, plans to commit her time this season to family, work, and helping others. Her collection features a handmade mango wood bowlacacia wood serving spoons, and a set of four hand-carved coasters. Proceeds from each piece will help to empower people in need.

World Vision is also offering shoppers Heaton’s complete collection with every donation of $310 or more to the “Where Most Needed” fund. The Where Most Needed fund addresses specific, urgent needs in World Vision’s humanitarian work.

Below is an edited transcript of The Christian Post’s interview with Heaton where she explains why she is committed to World Vision and shares some of her most treasured traditions during the holidays.

Christian Post: When you’re not on set, one of the things you enjoy doing is working with World Vision. Will you talk about the importance of collaborating with them?

Heaton: My first example of Christian charity was watching my dad write checks every month, as he sat at the dining room table, to various Catholic Charities.

He was a guy who was very nervous about money and he had five kids. He was paying tuition for Catholic education and yet he made sure he still sent money to various charities. He never talked about it, but I saw him do that every month. So that made an impression on me.

Jesus said, “to whom much is given much is expected.” So I think it’s very important that we do that, but you want to be responsible in how you give and who you give to. World Vision is so transparent and they’re really great with the money they receive. I believe 86 cents of every dollar goes directly to the program. So they keep the overheads low, and they make sure that the money is really having an impact and I’ve seen it with my own eyes.

There’s some very basic things that people in other countries are missing, such as clean water. World Vision is really tackling that in a big way. They happen to be the biggest provider of clean water in the world. They really know what they’re doing and they know how to make sure the wells and the water sources that they’re installing in different areas will last 20 to 30 years.

They make sure that the wells are sustainable, and they train people who live within these areas to do repairs. So they really just have it down. So if anyone is looking for a place where their dollar will mean the most, it’s World Vision for sure.

CP: What do the holidays mean to you?

Heaton: Well, I think it’s about family and I think that’s what everybody associates with the holidays. Sometimes not in the best way because It can also bring out family issues when everybody’s gathered together. But I just love having that one time of year when we can get all our boys together, especially now that they’re all out of the house.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law