*The Season of Giving

November 17, 2007

Already everyone is talking about what STUFF they are getting for friends and family for Christmas. Yadayadayada stuffstuffstuff and more stuff. I say most who find themselves on this page probably have enough STUFF! More than likely way too much STUFF. Maybe we can’t pay the rent this month but STUFF we’ve got already. STUFFed houses, STUFFed garages, STUFFed storage lockers, and all to often STUFFed bellies — so much STUFF! If you don’t have too much STUFF you probably don’t care much for STUFF and have roughly the same reaction I do to people spending so much time and energy dreaming up STUFF to give at Christmas.

HEY! Please join me in STOPPING the STUFF! Give a Heifer or a Water Buffalo or even just a humble bee or chick. You can go to Heifer International and give the gift of life. What kid wouldn’t want a Water Buffalo? Mom won’t let it live in the yard but a nice African family is taking good care of it and it is taking good care of them. Wow! Awesome! And it works for Show and Tell!

Heifer’s Mission to End Hunger
Heifer envisions…
A world of communities living together in peace and equitably sharing the resources of a healthy planet.

Heifer’s mission is…
To work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth.

Heifer’s strategy is…
To “pass on the gift.” As people share their animals’ offspring with others – along with their knowledge, resources, and skills – an expanding network of hope, dignity, and self-reliance is created that reaches around the globe.

Heifer’s History
This simple idea of giving families a source of food rather than short-term relief caught on and has continued for over 60 years. Today, millions of families in 128 countries have been given the gifts of self-reliance and hope.

It has become popular in the bloggosphere to ask for a cup of coffee or a beer rather than asking for donations. I could certainly use a few bucks but they just come and go anyway and life goes on. Instead, starting this Christmas season, I would like to make it more popular to ask for a Heifer. You can get started by going to Heifer International and Creating a Gift Registry right now.

And I know you have been concerned about what you are going to give me for Christmas.
Here is where you can shop for my gift. Just a little chick or two would be appreciated. Thanks.

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