Moo, Baa, Fa-La-La!


In the spirit of the season and to support a good cause, this is a Fundraising Post for Heifer International.  Nathan Bransford is an author whose blog I follow closely. He’s done a fundraiser for Heifer International, on his own blog for three years now. Right now Nathan is donating money per comment, and I will do the same thing. For each Like or Comment you leave for this post (on the Word Press site—not my personal Facebook site), I will donate $2. If you take an extra minute to Like and leave a Comment, I’ll donate $3.

Donate now!

Donate now!

Heifer International is a wonderful organization in which donors are encouraged to buy cows, sheep, goats, chickens, llamas, and other livestock, to help provide people in countless locations with meaningful food sources and a way to raise money on their own. Buying livestock for people, who live in rural areas and are struggling, allows them to gain some autonomy over their own circumstances, while they feed their families and community. It is a meaningful way to give and keep giving, with a donation that helps many.

The Heifer catalogue states: “When a family has a cow, every morning there’s a glass of rich milk for the children to drink before heading off to school. Classes are paid with the income from the sale of milk, and there’s even enough to share with the neighbors.

A good dairy cow can produce four gallons of milk a day – enough for a family to drink and share with neighbors. Milk protein transforms sick, malnourished children into healthy boys and girls. The sale of surplus milk earns money for school fees, medicine, clothing and home improvements.

Better still, every gift multiplies, as the animal’s first offspring is passed on to another family-then they also agree to pass on an animal, and so on.

And because a healthy cow can produce a calf every year, every gift will be passed on and eventually help an entire community move from poverty to self reliance. Now that’s a gift worth giving! Give a cow today!”

All of that, from a single cow!

Donating is a great way to celebrate the giving season!image: bhpmss.org

Donating is a great way to celebrate the giving season!
image: bhpmss.org

As I wrote in my post Tis The Season… Give, this time of year is when organizations that help others reach out to so many of us and ask that we help fund their projects. While we can’t all go to Peru and help provide potable water, or help build a home for a homeless family, or do so many of the things that worthwhile organizations do for millions of people, we can give. We can financially help these organizations, with whatever amount we are able to donate. Whether it is Habitat for Humanity, which helps provide secure housing for those who have no home, CARE, who helps wipe out poverty in communities around the world, the Humane Society, which helps take care of unwanted pets— donating to philanthropic organizations, is a meaningful way to celebrate a time that is about generosity.

So join in the giving and help us buy an extra chicken, goat or possibly a heifer. In addition to our family’s donation, I will honor all Comments and Likes ($2 per person) from now through Christmas day, December 25th. If you hit Like AND also Comment, I’ll donate $3. Check out Nathan’s post as well, and multiply your support with other bloggers. If you would like to make a separate donation to Heifer International, hit this link and give a cluck, a moo, or a baa for the Fa-la-la!  Merry Christmas to all and to all a good year as well.

If you’re new to TFTM, check out the Tales From the Motherland Facebook page and hit like.

Here are some other bloggers, in addition to Nathan Bransfor, who have stopped by my blog, and are also participating. Make a good thing better, by visiting their sites!

Catherine Ryan Hyde

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65 Responses to Moo, Baa, Fa-La-La!

  1. Chingoo says:

    I am thrilled to participate in this kind of gift giving again this year.

  2. fitzythird says:

    What a great organization….just makes sense. What you are doing is fantastic!

    • Thanks Fitzy. I’m guessing that since we’re the same age’ish and from the same place, Fitzy is short of Fitzgerald, or Fitzpatrick, or another Irish’y Fitz name, and you’re the third? I could be way off, but in Scituate, where I grew up… that’s how it would go. Thanks for the comment and that is another $2. :-)

      • fitzythird says:

        Fitzpatrick and yes I am the 3rd and final…..broke the vicious cycle with my son. Scituate is beautiful but has taken some knocks weatherwise over the last couple of seasons. My friend has a house down there and is always having to repair something.

  3. kjlangton says:

    Heifer Int’l is one of our favorite charitable organizations. Thanks, Dawn!

  4. Sally says:

    Yeah Dawn, Heifer I. is a great organization. Thanks for your generosity and caring.

  5. What a kind offer and good idea. I love Heifer- have given their “gifts” as presents for years. As a farmer’s daughter, I always felt this was so important.

  6. Hooray for Heifer! Thank you so much for participating!

  7. Thanks for participating. I posted a link to your fundraiser from mine.

    • Thanks Catherine! I’ll do the same… spread the good cheer and help a very good cause! Happy holidays and thanks so much for stopping by. Check out some other posts, when you have some time. I welcome your feedback. :-)

  8. etomczyk says:

    Dawn, this is fabulous! I am familiar with this organization and wholeheartedly believe in its mission statement. Thanks for letting your readers participate in this with you. Have a very wonderful holiday season and may it be filled with joy and love. All the best.

    • And that is a big $3 statement from one of my favorite bloggers! I love the idea of a “chocolate Lucille Ball” trying to clear her drain! Love. It. Thanks for stopping by Eleanor and all the best right back at you! May the drain Gods be good to you… very soon!

  9. YAY! Thanks so much for doing this.

  10. Melissa H says:

    I’m in–I love Heifer. Thanks for doing this!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Love this! Chicks are among my favorite gift to give this time of year.

  12. This is a fantastic fundraiser! Happy Holidays!

    • Thanks Sara! I agree… a great opportunity for people to help a good cause, and it’s exciting to have new people dropping by my blog. Hope you’ll check out some of the other posts and share your thoughts. THanks for helping!

  13. Chris says:

    thanks! what an awesome idea and i hope you have a merry christmas!

  14. It’s amazing when you read the statistics on how much of a difference even some chickens can make to a family’s quality of life. Thanks for doing this!

  15. mamaheidi60 says:

    Love to support Heifer. My family gave up gift giving in the extended family a number of years ago. When the 25 more or less of us are together on Christmas Day, we enjoy one another’s company, get caught up on the Fall, or at least on the activities since Thanksgiving and have a good time together. Between dinner and dessert, we pass around the Heifer catalog. Everyone picks out something, writes a check, and we send it in, in honor of my Dad. We all truly love our Christmas celebration together now. Home in the morning to have immediate family gift exchange and then on to my sister’s to gather together.

  16. Bryan D says:

    Thanks for participating–Heifer’s a great org!

  17. Mira says:

    So glad you’re doing this! Heifer is a wonderful organization! Thanks, and Happy Holidays! :)

  18. Can I put in a vote to get a llama? I think there should be more llamas in the world.

  19. PA Lassiter says:

    Bless you and your good heart.

  20. I’ll chip in and cover a hoof or two. Maybe a tail. You know, in case the flies come around.

  21. Wendy says:

    Go Heifer! And, btw, love your header picture and your book title. Merry Christmas!

    • Thanks Wendy! My goal in 2013 is to get another book out there! Tangerine Tango is a group project that is selling quite well, but someone else’s baby. The header is from this summer in the Amazon. I posted several stories about the trip. Thanks for stopping by, and Merry Christmas to you as well.

  22. Merry Christmas and THANK YOU! Goats RULE!! :)

  23. Soapsuds says:

    Talk about getting into the spirit of the season, you take the prize! One of the nicest birthday gifts I ever received was from a cousin who gave to Heifer International in my honor. Great organization, and great idea of yours. xoxo

  24. What a wonderful organization…our kids were active during their Sunday School days. I am linking this post to my Christmas Day post, Dawn…and will try to get the word out. And will donate also.:)

    • Thanks Vivian… It is a wonderful thing to participate in, and I’ve gotten more excited as it goes on! My husband is a bit worried… “what if there is a thousand?” Um, if that happens, I’d be shocked! Thanks for participating and thanks for passing along the word! Merry Christmas!

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  26. SBWalters says:

    We are big fans of Heifer International.My kids have each raised over $500, doing school projects over the years. Thanks for using your platform to raise money for a wonderful organization!

  27. I love Heifer, International! My son’s class donated a flock of chicks this year!

  28. Lynn Carroll says:

    Sneaking in under the wire (hopefully.) :) Happy Holidays!

  29. Jenn Hubbard says:

    This comment is post-Christmas, but I’ll leave it just in case. :-)

    • Thank you for stopping by the blog Jenn. I appreciate the effort and will make some extra donation for a good cause, but I ran the fundraiser for three days… and I have to end it somewhere. You are the last. Thanks for taking the time. :-)

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