December 8, 2009

Heifer International: Meaningful Gifts That Change the World

Every year, I struggle to find gifts for my parents. They really don't need anything, and I don't want to buy gifts that will just end up at the Salvation Army or be sold at a garage sale in the near future. Last year, I purchased a Community Supported Agriculture half share for my father. This year, I've decided to give a Heifer International gift to my dad.

Choose a meaningful gift to give a loved one and help children and families around the world receive training and animal gifts that help them become self-reliant.

"I loved my Heifer gift. I don't need more chocolate or knick-knacks. Knowing that a family gets a goat for milk, and can be self-sufficient is a great positive thing to bring into the world. It's wonderful to know a family has been given help in my name."

-- Eileen, Rochester NY

I chose the "Hope Basket" for my father.
The Heifer Hope Basket, with its chickens and rabbits, offers just that to Heifer's project partners. What can be more hopeful to a struggling farmer than a gift of fast-multiplying livestock? Rabbits are easy to care for and reproduce quickly, allowing their owners to sell the offspring for extra income once they've fulfilled Heifer's "Passing on the Gift" promise; and chickens lay eggs and provide manure for vegetable gardens. That's why this gift of Hope goes on and on, lasting much longer and helping more families than the usual gift basket filled with pastries or presents ever could.

I hope my father appreciates the Heifer gift. During this season of excess and overconsumption, I feel it is important to extend the spirit of giving to those with the greatest need.

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at December 8, 2009 1:00 AM

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