At World Vision’s Give-Back Gift Shop, a tree full of hopes and prayers and a push from Sadie Robertson | 11/27/2018 | Staff
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NEW YORK - There were scores of them scribbled on neat little postcards dangling quietly on a Christmas tree in the middle of the outdoor pop-up shop – hopes and prayers.

“I pray that hatred, intolerance & bigotry will stop. That all creatures of this planet will have enough to eat,” said one note.

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“Lord, please bless my family, friends, our city and our world. Help us to live for you and let our light shine,” another said.

The tree full of hopes and prayers is a special feature of global Christian humanitarian organization World Vision’s interactive pop-up shop inside Bryant Park's Winter Village.

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“I think that’s really special. I love analogies. I love visuals and so this is a great visual to tell kids, ‘what do you hope for for kids around the world?’ and bring this hope into this tree and show that when you hope for something it lights up this tree,” Sadie Robertson, actor and former reality television star known for the A&E show "Duck Dynasty," told The Christian Post.

Robertson who began working with World Vision this year after they became sponsors of her Live Original Tour, said she was inspired to support the organization’s Give-back Gift shop after learning about the many projects World Vision works on at home and abroad to improve the lives of those in need.

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“It’s a great analogy for kids to see when you start to hope for people around the world it lights up the world …this is just a great example of the holiday season, … this is what we really want kids to start doing, to keep praying, keep writing letters,” she said about the hopes and prayers.

For the second year in a row, through their Give-back gift shop, World Vision is giving New York City’s urbane crowd a chance to offer...
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