Do you believe you alone can make a difference in this world? Call me a dreamer, but I say yes!
Nearly 70 years ago, Dan West, a farmer, from the American Midwest and member of the Church of the Brethren went to the front lines of the Spanish Civil War as an aid worker. His mission was to provide relief. Providing a cup of milk to refugees not enough for him. He dreamt of giving more. Perhaps a cow!
Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Their animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.
Just in time for my trip to Canada, I received a hand-made, beautiful, soft as a feather scarf from Heifer International. It was made with such care from a women’s group in Marcapata, Peru in which they used fiber from alpacas they raised and shear themselves. Heifer preserves the heritage and history of rural farmers while providing them resources and training.
The second scarf given to me is part of Pass on the Gift®. This concept is each farming family who receives an animal gift is passed on the first female offspring to another in need. By the time this post is live, the lucky one to receive the second scarf is my friend’s 1o-year-old daughter. She’ll love it!
During the holiday season, there are those who are struggling and being cheerful may not be the answer. You might be experiencing loss, heartache, illness, financial trouble, family challenges…Observing others enjoying their holiday may bring bitterness to you.
Try something new.
Give. Give to a cause you truly care about. I don’t mean money. You can give your time or your voice through social media. When you give, you give right back to yourself and all of a sudden, you begin to feel good.
So join me in the conversation. Please click here to learn how you can be part of #GiveHeifer.
What can you do to #giveback to #GiveHiefer to make a difference?