Teacher: If you had super-powers, how would you use them?
Marcia: I'd bring peace to the world.
Cindy: I'd feed all the hungry children.
Bobby: I'd make my big brother eat worms.
Today is black Monday.
It's the day of the year most of us sit at our work computers and shop.
We shop for presents.
We shop for decorations.
We make Wish Lists on Amazon.
Many times we get overwhelmed.
We know...we really don't need anything.
And, honestly, if we could make a difference.
Just a small difference...
We'd gladly give up a gift under the tree.
But, can we trust an organization with our money?
Can we trust Heifer International?
"For sixty years Heifer International has brought dignity and self-reliance to families in need all over the world with its brilliantly simple solution — livestock and training for food and income."
— Barbara Bush, former First Lady
"If there is one thing I could give to the struggling people of the world it would be self-reliance.Everyone deserves the dignity of providing for themselves and their families. That's why I support Heifer International."
— Walter Cronkite, journalist and Heifer supporter
Sure, but in "these economic times" we can't afford much.
A flock of chicks, or ducks, or geese is $20.
A beehive of honeybees is $30.
Take a quick look at the animals below...
And, I'll meet you at the bottom and we'll talk about chicks.
A flock of chicks can really help?
Chicks: A Good Choice
A flock of chicks can help families from Cameroon to the Caribbean add nourishing, life-sustaining eggs to their inadequate diets.
The protein in just one egg is a nutritious gift for a hungry child. Protein-packed eggs from even a single chicken can make a life-saving difference.
Heifer helps many hungry families with a starter flock of 10 to 50 chicks. A good hen can lay up to 200 eggs a year - plenty to eat, share or sell.
Because chickens require little space and can thrive on readily available food scraps, families can make money from the birds without spending much. And chickens help control insects and fertilize gardens.
"Give a man a fish he eats for a day,
Teach a man to fish he eats for a lifetime."
But...can we affect a whole community?
“Passing on the gift” is fundamental to Heifer’s entire approach. For example, if a recipient is given a cow, that family then has the opportunity to enjoy fresh milk and cheese. More importantly, they can then give a calf to their neighbor. And, the gift can then continue through the community.
If you want to know more, head to Heifer International
If you have questions, they have answers.
Please take a gander (pun intended) at the animals above.
Perhaps you, or your company, would like to give a Heifer International gift to someone this year.
Isn't there someone on your Christmas list...
Who would appreciate a little "Christmas Goose?"