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Peeps - the real kind

I was pretty stumped about what to get my dad & stepmom for Christmas this year--let's hope they're not reading this--when it occurred to me that it would be cool to buy an animal for a needy family in their name. I sifted through several charities and came up with heifer.org, which had a lot of cool options for gifting. There were affordable options (like the flock of chickens I bought) as well as "shares" toward other animals. So let's say you want to give someone a goat but you don't have $120 budgeted to give that person a gift. You can purchase $10 shares in a goat. (Happy Holidays! I gifted 1/3 of a goat in your honor!" You get the idea.)

Heifer.org seems to respect the religious affiliations of not only their members but of the communities they serve. That's important to me.

And if you are reading this, guys...uh...surprise! You'll get a card in the mail with chicks on it.



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Dec. 12th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
What a great idea!
Dec. 12th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you think so! The organization was so nifty I couldn't wait to tell people about it.

You can buy a family of bunnehs for $60.

Though their offspring will get eaten :D
Dec. 12th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
That's not bad at all.
Dec. 13th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
Thats really awesome! I've heard of it before. Here you can sponsor animals at our zoo, too... I received a spider monkey for Christmas once, and an orangutan last year.

I have trouble finding charities to support that aren't... I don't know, religion-specific. My grandma has had to stop sponsoring their child in ______ because he chose to leave the religion it was associated with, which is a little sad.

Heifer looks great; I'll have to bookmark it.
Dec. 13th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
That really is sad. I'll bet your grandma had an emotional attachment to that child even if they never really interacted.

I have a big problem with religious groups that help people from other cultures but don't respect the local religions. (I mean, except if the local religions violate human rights.) If a religion tells its followers to help the needy, fantastic. But if they think the people they're helping are all going to hell because they're heathens...then I'm not sending 'em my money.

My local friend had a daughter in Africa, and she used to gather money and send it to her daughter to buy the young women in the village maxipads so they could go to school when they had their periods. Talk about a kick-ass charity. You knew every cent was going to the good cause without any overhead at all. You could even just have a few bucks in your pocket and hand it to her and say, "Send this to your daughter," and know you helped out a bunch of young women for like a month. (The daughter has since moved back to the US. But that was great while it lasted.)

Did you enjoy getting primates for Christmas? I think I'd prefer that to some of the weird tchatchkies I get.
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