Many years ago I gave up on giving gifts at Christmas. With at the time 9 nieces and nephews (now 14) it got to be costly and I hate to shop, hated the crowds, the worst was the whole commercialization of Xmas and the high expectations of the gift recievee. Then I went to giving money, still costly. This year I am giving the gift of an animal from Heifer International. Heifer International assists families in poverty by giving them livestock and agricultural programs to help alleviate poverty and hunger throughout the world.
You have many choices to pick from starting at $10.00 (a partial goat, pig, rabbit or sheep) to a whole goat ($120) Basically, what happens is they give the gift of livestock, teach the family how to raise and once the family gets offspring, they have to give back to another family, pass on the gift that never stops giving. It gives a sense of community to an area, promotes social responsibility, while alleviating hungar and poverty. I like it.
So this year, to my friends and family, it’s all about Heifer International. It’s easy to do online, takes seconds, no need to fight traffic and holiday crowds. The best part, no more frownies, what can they say if you give a goat, a pig or chickens in their name to someone who is barely surviving in impoverished areas?