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Heifer International for Christmas

Wee Are the World, Part 2: Heifer International

Last week, we talked about giving to your community. This week, we're reaching a little further to help those all over the globe.

Last Friday was Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year and today is Cyber Monday, supposedly the busiest on-line shopping day of the year. While you're clicking away with that credit card in your lap, check out Heifer International. You know that adage, “Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime.” Heifer International gives us all the opportunity to give families the tools to feed themselves for a lifetime.

You can purchase an animal or gift basket of your choosing for a family. And, you don't have to buy an entire animal — you can chip in on one for just $10.

Include your children, by asking them to help pick a furry friend. If you are someone who already has everything you need, or are just a selfless saint, you can register for gifts on the site and ask friends and family to buy something off of your Heifer registry.

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MsBabyNurse MsBabyNurse 9 years
As much as I desire to help those in need, I just can't bring myself to "buy" an animal that I know will eventually end up slaughtered, most likely after a nice long breeding season. These animals in no way wind up as loved "pets". I'd rather assist with clothing or vaccinating these children. Or buying and sending dried beans that will provide needed protein and fiber without killing.
cbgmick cbgmick 9 years
Great organization and kids really can get into it!! It's such a nice way to talk to your child about sustainable giving as the recipient of each gift in turn has the opportunity to be a donor as well! Thanks for highlighting this
oceangirl oceangirl 9 years
This is such a great cause. thanks for writing about it! My son's first grade class made this a project last holiday season. The kids were all asked to bring in "change" and any money they could earn from chores to the classroom. In the end, with some parents help, it totaled a few hundred dollars which bought a goat or two for a family. the kids were shown a video that gave them a better understanding of the project, and learned what a difference they made. I look forward to getting my kids involved again with this great cause!
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