Is it too early to talk about Valentine's Day? I wanted to share with you one the most inspirational organizations I know (Heifer International) and one of my ideas for how to support this organization this Valentine's Day.
This gift is perfect for a Sweetie who is "socially conscious" and would prefer not to get a massive bouquet of red roses grown in Columbia or Ecuador. Instead of dropping $60 on flowers and a card, why not give a simple gift that has the power to change entire communities? For almost 70 years, Heifer International, has been fighting hunger and poverty one cow at a time.
The idea is that you are purchase an animal (or a share of an animal) in someone's name. These animals are given to a family struggling with poverty. When the offspring of the animal is born, they are then "passed" on to their neighbors. So on and so forth...
The animals provide the families with income to better their lives and you have provided the gift recipient with the knowledge that their gift has the potential to change lives. There is a very powerful book called Beatrice's Goat (it tells the real-life story of how a little girl got the opportunity to go to school because of her family's involvement with "Heifer International").
You can have fun coming up with creative ways of pairing your donation with something tangible (possibly edible).
Here are some of my ideas...
1. If you buy a share of a goat (starting at $10)...also give a bar of goat milk soap.
2. If you buy a hive of honeybees ($30) ...also give a bunch of honey sticks.
3. If you buy a flock of chicks ($20)...also give some peeps (you know those cute, fluffy marshmallow baby chicks).
4. If you buy a flock of ducks ($20)....also give a cute rubber duckie.
5. If you buy a trio of rabbits (a share for $10 and all 3 for $60)...also give a chocolate bunny (I've started seeing them in stores already since Easter is so early this year).
6. If you buy a share of fish fingerlings ($30)...also give some Swedish fish.
You get the idea? Let your creativity run wild! And if you decide to support Heifer International this Valentine's Day, please tell me about it!