With Thanksgiving almost here, I am sure we have all started thinking about what we are thankful for. One of the things I am thankful for is our chickens and ducks, as I am sure many of you are thankful for yours. They not only give us eggs to eat, but the poo makes great compost for the garden and let us not forget their friendship and silly ways that entertain us all year long. I know there are many of you out there that wish you could have chickens but for whatever reason can't. But you too know the value of a good flock.
So where am I going with this? Well a while back I received a Christmas catalog, but not your typical gift catalog. The catalog was from an amazing group called Heifer International. What are they "selling?" Critters!!!! You see what they do is offer you the chance to donate and an animal (or group of animals) will be giving to a family in need on behalf of someone, say your mother. Your loved one gets a card explaining your gift on their behalf. The donation you make then goes to a family who has completed training and prepared an appropriate facility for the animal(s) you picked.
Heifer International has been around since 1944 and has worked with 18.5 million families in 125 countries. Heifer works with livestock and agriculture to develop programs to alleviate hunger and poverty. The have specialists in the field who train and support the families in the program.
I have set up a donation Paypal account to make donating to what I am calling the Heifer Christmas Challenge, as easy as possible for everyone. Let's see how much we can raise by December 20th this year. I would also like everyones' input on how the money should be donated, so in the comment section please let me know which programs from the list peak your interest!! (please note, some of the critters are very expensive and we may not raise enough to say give a camel which is $850 but let's dream big shall we.) So what are you waiting for, look in your heart, click the button, and let's band together to make a difference!!!!
Please note if your prefer to send a check, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for address.
Flock of chicks
Trio of rabbits
Where ever Heifer feels it is needed most
* photo credit: Heifer International