Tuesday, November 13, 2007

On being thankful

Paul and I often talk about it. Thank goodness we have what we need. Thank goodness we have good jobs, good cars, a nice home, our children and grandchildren, each other. I think we’re pretty thankful on a day-to-day basis. Part of that comes from sometimes not having all of those things that we now have. Through hard work, we do okay. Thank goodness.

Today I spent some time thinking about what it really means. Next Sunday would have been Justin’s birthday and the following Thursday is Thanksgiving. As we have done the past few years, we will be sending flowers to the cemetery. This year I wanted to do something a little different, something in Justin’s name. A donation to the American Cancer society would be the obvious choice, but I’ve always wanted to do something for the Heifer International org.

Heifer is such an amazing organization. I found out about it through my daughter who worked for a vet who donated his time every year to Heifer International.
They have a simple mission to provide what we have and are so thankful for, to people less fortunate than we are.
But not to simply give them a meal. Heifer's mission is to work with communities around the world to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. They do it with the giving of an animal that will sustain a family. You know the old adage, give a man a fish and will eat for the day, but teach him to fish and he’ll never go hungry? That’s what Heifer International does.

They provide livestock that produce life-sustaining milk and eggs so children will grow up strong and healthy. Passing on the gift” is fundamental to Heifer’s entire approach. So each family who receives a gift agrees to donate the female offspring to another family, so that the gift of food is never-ending. One animal could eventually benefit an entire community.
Giving the gift of a cow, chicken, duck or goat is one way people can get involved
Today, millions of people who were once hungry will be nourished by milk, eggs and fresh protein supplied by their own livestock.

Today I gave a simple gift of only $10. for a share of a goat.
A goat! :)
Sounds kind of silly and small, but with only 11 more people, someone who doesn’t have a goat will receive one. How cool is that????
And it will provide milk for their children.
It’s a simple Thanksgiving gift for what we have.


Reen said...

That's an awesome way to honor Justin, his memory, his birthday, another family. I think it was a wonderful thing to do.

It will be such a Happy Thanksgiving this year!

Jill said...

What a truly wonderful tribute to Justin during the holidays. Can you share the info with me...I wanna buy part of a goat for someone!!!