On Tuesday, December 3, 2013, give the gift of honeybees – or stoves for a village – or clean water – through Heifer International.
Instead of sending another sweater to Aunt Harriet, send her a smaller gift – or send her a card with a nice note, telling her how grateful you are that she taught you how to share. (If she really needs that sweater then buy it, too.) And then donate a flock of ducklings in her name.
Duck eggs are a source of protein and the sale of their down brings income to a family. A starter flock can yield hundreds of ducks. Selling the excess ducks and their eggs can give a family enough income to send their children to school. What a gift! Aunt Harriet will be so proud.
This year on Giving Tuesday I’m supporting the efforts of Heifer International. It was founded by Dan West, a relief worker during the Spanish Civil War. He quickly realized that it was not enough to simply feed the hungry, one by one.
His idea was to provide the survival basics like livestock, trees, seeds, and training in sustainable farming to families. The organization now serves over 40 countries, including the United States, by providing the goods and the training for people to lift themselves out of poverty.
Heifer’s Passing On the Gift® requires each recipient to share one or more of their animals, along with the training they receive from the organization. This simple act multiplies the original gift and empowers the recipients to become donors. The training received teaches them to manage the resources supplied for long term success.
From an early age I was taught to give quietly without announcing my intentions. This was meant to be a sign of humility and true charity. That made sense to me. And now, I’m broadcasting my intentions throughout my social media accounts. I’m not totally comfortable with this. So why do it?
To encourage others to consider giving. If not through Heifer, Int. then go to Giving Tuesday for ideas. Or contact a local community organization and ask them what they need. Lets raise our collective consciousness and challenge others that we know – or have never met – to share a little with others.
So I’m buying honeybees and a flock of ducklings. But there are so many other possibilities. What will you do?
P.S. Just in case you missing Giving Tuesday on December 3, you have my permission to help others be self-sufficient any day of the year. And let us all know what you did by posting a comment.