Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The What We Covet Holiday Gift Guide, Part 12: A Gift to the World

I very firmly believe in giving back, and I feel it's necessary to put our best foot forward at all times, especially in the cold winter months when life can be especially hard on the needy, and donate whatever we can, be it time or money. With that in mind, I encourage you to find a local or national charity whose mission you can support. 

One of my personal favorites is Heifer International, an organization that works to eradicate hunger and poverty through practical education and a pay-it-forward system. They operate all over the world, including in the United States, providing families with animals that can help bring nutrition and income to the community. 

Maybe the greatest thing about Heifer is that they give you all sorts of opportunities for giving. If you have only $10, that's all right; it will cover a share of a sheep. If you have $850, that's cool, too; it will buy a camel. If you have something in between those two numbers, you can buy a pig, a flock of ducks, some honeybees, or even trees, among other things. 

Personally, I hope to someday have enough money to purchase a gift ark, $5,000 worth of livestock that can help dramatically alter the lives of people in all corners of the globe. But I hope that you'll consider sending at least a little bit of money somewhere--if not to Heifer, then to your own favorite cause, be it a soup kitchen, your local fire department, an aid group such as the Salvation Army, or someplace else entirely. (If you're looking for more ideas, consider taking a look at the White Envelope Project, a non-profit that can help you connect with a charity that suits you.)

Check out, Heifer International's official website.

Image via Heifer International.


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