It’s getting to that time of year when gift giving is moving to the forefront in a lot of people’s minds. Economies are tight everywhere and a lot of charities are asking for your money.
I’d like to recommend an organization that is making a demonstrable difference. Yes, this is a shameless plug for a charitable organization, something I’ve never done before, but I believe this is an answer and not just a promise. This really works.
The goal of Heifer International is to give people, families and communities the tools they need to help themselves prosper, both nutritionally and economically. It’s been awarded the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the President’s Award for Voluntary Action and the Presidential End Hunger Award.
Heifer International celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Funds are used for a variety of things, and the donor can specify where they want their donation spent or ask that it applied where it is needed most: the options are wide-ranging.
Your donation can go toward providing for basic survival needs – animals for food, such as pigs and rabbits. However, a lot of folks are averse to such a thing (which I understand completely) and there are many other options: animals for products (sheep and llama for wool, goats for milk, bees for honey), irrigation pumps for crops, treadle pumps to access clean drinking water, and funds to send a girl to school. There are also larger, far-reaching projects to which one may donate and you have the option to buy “shares” in those higher-expense gifts.
For example, a $20 (USD) donation can be designated for use to provide a flock of chicks. A good hen can lay up to 200 eggs a year, which translates into protein for the diet and eggs to sell. Plus chickens eat insects and help fertilize gardens. In my opinion, that’s a lot of bang for $20 bucks.
Personally, this is only the second year in a decade I’ve had enough leeway to make a donation. This year I’m in for a flock of chicks, a share of a goat and a share of a sheep: $40 to help feed three families and hopefully provide them with a bit of an economic boost.
I’ve provided a widget in the side column that links directly to their site which fully explains their programs and allows individual direct donations or donations as part of larger community projects. I know there’s not a lot to spare out there, but please consider making an individual donation if you can or perhaps making a donation as a family.
And it’s a no-guilt proposition – if there isn’t enough to make a donation, and heaven knows I’ve been there, please spread the word so that others may.
Thanks. Now, back to sewing.