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Thanks a Lot. You Gave Me My Christmas Present and It Cost Me $218,000!

Together, you contributed $218,000. And with my match, we collectively raised more than $430,000 to help power Bread's work in explaining to our Congress the needs of our nation's poorest, homeless, and hungry people.
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Three weeks ago, we issued a challenge to our travelers and got a great response. Thanks so much to the 1,659 travelers who responded to our Christmas fundraiser for Bread for the World.

Together, you contributed $218,000. And with my match, we collectively raised more than $430,000 to help power Bread's work in explaining to our Congress the needs of our nation's poorest, homeless, and
hungry people. We all want to get our fiscal house in order. And Bread has been very effective in its advocacy work encouraging our government not to balance our budget by cutting vital services to our nation's most needy.

In addition to my personal challenge, I promised to thank those contributing $100 or more to BFTW with a special Christmas gift of our European Christmas book, DVD and CD (or, as an alternative, our Rick Steves' Europe DVD Box Set that includes all of our television episodes). We've mailed out thank you packages to more than 1,600 of you.

While this beat our 2014 campaign by $50,000, we're still about $30,000 short of our 2015 goal of $250,000. And... good news! There's still time to join us. If you'd like to help, donate by noon on December 18. I'll pop your gifts in the mail to you within 24 hours of your donation and (with a little luck) you'll get it before Christmas. To learn more and make a donation, go to ricksteves.com/bread.

Thanks so much for making this a very expensive Christmas for me. Giving like this in partnership with caring travelers like you makes my work even more gratifying than it already is. Happy holidays and Merry Christmas to all.

- Rick Steves

P.S. My friends at BFTW are thrilled with this, send their thanks, and share their determination to honor your gifts by working hard and smart to transform this contribution into effective action. To learn more about their impressive work, visit bread.org. That's the spirit of this season in action.