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Holiday Giving

Americans plan to spend less this holiday season. Not so surprising, given the recession. But three out of four say they would love to get a gift that helps someone else. World Vision commissioned a survey which released today. The international relief agency offers a gift catalog where people can buy goats, fishing kits, soccer balls and more for impoverished communities across the globe.

According to the study, 95 percent say this holiday season, the country should focus on children.

Many agencies have reported declines in giving during the recession. And World Vision itself has struggled in the tough times. The group saw donations dip by $33 million this year.

But the agency takes hope in knowing that 74 percent of Americans plan to increase giving as soon as the economy improves.