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.
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!
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.
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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!