The month, 50% of the profits from this blog are going to Heifer International. This year, instead of the usual family gift from my in-laws, (Christmas dishes, Christmas carousel, cheese slicer, giant advent calendar) they gave, in our name, a donation of a flock of chickens through Heifer International. I was really excited. I’ve been trying to get RID of stuff so I was thrilled to not have to put another gift on the storage shelf in the basement. But even more exciting was the fact that I got to sit down with the boys and explain this to them. I’m a cry-baby, so I was all weepy as I told the boys about this. I told them how Grammy & Gramps save money each year to buy our family a present and how this year they took that money and bought a flock of chickens for a family in another country. We talked about how with the flock of chickens the family could now have eggs to eat so they wouldn’t be hungry anymore. We talked about how they could also sell the eggs and use that money to buy other kinds of food and also to send their children to school. We talked about how they could also eat the chicken meat. We talked about how they would also give another chicken to someone else so that they could do the same thing. And all because we didn’t get a present to open that year, another family’s life was going to be better. We talked about how we would still have presents at Christmas but all because we were getting one less present, someone else was going to have enough food to eat. AMAZING!
It’s pretty amazing. We’ve now started to let the boys pick out something at Heifer International on their birthdays. They have fun choosing from among the different animals. We go in and read about what the family will get to do with their animal and how it will help them.
I want our boys to have an understanding of how things are in other parts of the world and to see that there are things that they can do to help.