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November 26, 2011

#201 – about a sheep

Filed under: life matters,see, absorb, enjoy — yael [ya-el] wagner @ 23:27
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Eran, bored with beads, was going through my pile of catalogs awaiting its leap to the recycle bin, when he burst laughing out loud.  His audience of two gave him funny looks.  Then he started reading aloud: “The Most Important Gift Catalog in the World.”  Dramatic pause.  “Here it how it works:

You decide to donate a sheep in honor of your mother, who has always loved these gentle animals.”

It doesn’t say if your mom loves the sheep in her plate, as a source contributor to her scarf, or otherwise.

Eran read on: “your mother receives a holiday gift card from you, describing the generous contribution you’ve made in her honor.  Thanks to your gift, one more family is on the road to self-reliance.”

OK, with enough drama in one’s voice, you gotta laugh, independent of how warm and fuzzy the idea is.  Instead of getting your mom yet another gift she doesn’t really care for, you donate a real animal to real people who need it.

But WAIT, there’s more.  There’s no animal discrimination.  Sheep, goats, cows, pigs, a flock of chicks – all are donate-able and worthy of your mother’s love.  In Honduras, a trio of rabbits is welcome.  Honeybees are welcome from Uganda to El Salvador.

Artist: Jim Benton

A quick search later, it seems that this is the new trend in gifting.  Most frequently the living donation is four-legged, and the kind of gift that keeps on giving; milk, honey, manure.

What if you are concerned that your mom won’t appreciate the animal gift?  There are other organizations that offer gifts of service.  It costs $100 to restore the eyesight of a childSeeds for change is a $50 donation that will provide a Native family with organic heirloom seeds and tools to grow healthy food such as beans, corn and squash.

Back to the sheep, and it’s not a sheep named Dolly, it’s a real sheep that make immediate difference in people’s life.

Looking as the cartoon below earlier, this idea of animal and service gifting feels more right than ever.  Got so much to be thankful for that giving, instead of indulging, feels just right.

Feels so right that I am going to do something I’ve never done before.  I urge you to join me in giving a sheep [or two].   Heifer, whose catalog’s intro provided the laughs described earlier will be the vehicle for it.

The gift of sheep is $120.  I think that together we could easily raise two.

As little as $10 will get you a share of the sheep, and the honor card to mail to your mother, daughter or whomever.

Interested?  Ready to give your share of the sheep?  About a sheep donation page awaits you.  Think giving.

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  1. One of my favorite charities! 🙂

    Comment by Lisa Pampuch — November 27, 2011 @ 08:28 | Reply

  2. One of my unfavorite charities 😉
    More than 25% of your donation goes to non-program expenses, almost 20% to fundraising…


    Plus I’ve seen a story in Heifer’s catalogue once which was supposed to be a report from my country. I didn’t need to do much research to see it was a fake.

    Cause is noble. This particular organization not so great.

    Comment by Urszula — December 7, 2011 @ 11:18 | Reply

  3. thanks. sad to hear/read that. luckily, they are far from being the worst. using the Charity Navigator rating i was much more concerned to find out that charities like the Cancer Survivors’ Fund pay over 90% of their funds as fundraising fees. compared to this, 20% isn’t as awful. will try to do better next time.

    Comment by yael [ya-el] wagner — December 7, 2011 @ 13:50 | Reply

    • I found just what I was needed, and it was enrtntaieing!

      Comment by Jenita — August 14, 2014 @ 11:22 | Reply

  4. We’ve been giving through Heifer for a few years (our animal-loving daughters feel connected to it). Urszula, any idea of similar charities with higher efficiency?

    Comment by Bill Sheppard — December 12, 2011 @ 17:00 | Reply

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