Sunday, November 25, 2007

A Gift that Keeps on Giving!

Before we start getting into the hustle and bustle of holiday posts, I thought it would be nice to start things off on a charitable note. I'm sure some of you may have already heard about Heifer International but for those of you who haven't, Heifer's mission is to work with communities around the world to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. One way they do this is to let people like you and me "choose a meaningful gift to give a loved one and help children and families around the world receive training and animal gifts that help them become self-reliant."

Heifer lets you gift an entire animal or a share of an animal like heifers, llamas, sheep, goats, rabbits, and even honey bees. I think they would make the perfect present for the person who has everything or for children to give. Kids love animals and I'm sure they would love to pick out their favorite animal to give and to learn how it will help those in need. Just something to think about instead giving someone another tie or something else they won't use. Costs start at just $10 for a share and can go up to $500 for full gift.

"The idea behind Heifer ... is similar to the notion that it's better to teach a man to fish so he can feed himself than to give him a fish that will feed him just once. One animal could eventually benefit an entire community."

10 comments:

decorno.blogspot.com said...

Oh, what a great idea! Maybe all of the blogger clique (BB8, SGM, you, Brilliant Asylum, etc) can pitch in and gift an animal or two this Christmas...

Suzy said...

That is a great idea. There are quite a few great charities around that would benefit from our christmas spending more than our loved ones. My family is donating money and books to a school in Cambodia this year. I say that's better than wasting cash on plastic that will just end up in landfill!

cindy said...

I've given heifer's gift of poultry to my sister and she loved the idea of being able to help a family overseas.

Heifer is a great organization that is really impacting and empowering women and communities. I love the fact that they are required to pay-it-forward. So eventually the village also will experience and increase in their standard of living as well.
Cindy

annechovie said...

Thanks for posting this - a great idea! It's a privilege to have the joy of being able to give to others in a meaningful way that will offer them hope for the future.

ALL THE BEST said...

Great post! We have given to Heifer before and it is a great organization...thanks for the reminder.

Habitually Chic said...

Decorno, that's a great idea but I don't want anyone to feel obligated.

Habitually Chic said...

Suzy, that's great! My old office adopted a family once for Christmas and bought them everything they needed and reading their thank you letter afterward was the best present ever. It's so nice to give to those who need a little help.

Habitually Chic said...

Cindy, it really is the gift that keeps on giving to more and more people!

Habitually Chic said...

Annechovie, there are so many great charities to give to. Just pick which one is most meaningful to you!

Habitually Chic said...

Hi Ronda, it's so nice to hear from those who have actually given to Heifer. I hope more people will get involved.

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