'Twas the night before Christmas: Kiva Card style

We were surprised and thrilled to have this Christmas poem land in our inboxes! 

Lender Angela wrote it to get her nieces and nephews excited about their brand new Kiva Cards, and it perfectly expresses why Kiva Cards really are the gifts that keep on giving. Now, we present it to you!

‘Twas the night before Christmas
When all through the house
Not a creature was stirring
Not even my computer mouse

When an envelope arrived
With a giving surprise
It has the ultimate drive
To keep the Christmas spirit alive

A different kind of gift
And in a minute you’ll get the gist
This one will change lives
And you’ll deserve high fives

It connects people from all over the place
To help put a smile on a strangers face
Maybe it’s a school girl in Peru
Or a family running a zoo

The options are great
And it’s up to you to help their fate
So skip down the street
Then come back and take a seat

It’s your chance to give
While helping someone live
So start looking
And when your ready, make a booking

This is a loan
That will help make a home
A better place
For all that they face

But in the end
When your good deed helps a friend
The money will come back
To your piggy sack

Then the choice is yours
Feel free to buy toys
Or start again
And give back to another friend

In the end, I hope you feel good
Because you really should
For being giving
And helping someone better their living

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

We hope you're having a great Christmas Eve! And remember, when you give a Kiva Card, you give someone else the opportunity to change a life. How many gifts can you say that about? 

About the author

Camille Ricketts

Camille brings her passion for storytelling to Kiva, where she helps create and curate online content. A longtime journalist, she started her career reporting on arts and culture for the Wall Street Journal in London and New York. In 2008, she joined San Francisco-based blog VentureBeat, writing about  green technology, policy and finance. Most recently, she worked in public relations for electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors. Outside of work, Camille volunteers as a web designer for maternal health nonprofit Saving Mothers. She holds a B.A. in women's history from Stanford University, where she also served as editor in chief of The Stanford Daily.