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Friday, November 16, 2012






Excuse my inner social worker but she would like to do some guest posting here on my blog. The season of giving is coming up and no matter how financially strapped I might be at any given time, I know I am lucky and fortunate. Vying for three hundred dollar chairs and daydreaming of two hundred dollar rain boots is a luxury, whether or not I can afford them at the moment, because being able to even want these things means I have time to think about them; I am not worried about heat or clean water, or my next meal. I pick a charity every holiday to donate to, whether it's a little or at other times a little bit more. I figure it's a small donation for all of those that I love - who can easily go with one or two less stocking stuffers from the target dollar section. Really, we can all go without items from the dollar section, especially for a good cause. Add that up and you could instead give a little something that can impact someone else in a big way, even with as little as just a few dollars. With all that said I think each week up until the big (holi)day, I will post a favorite charity of mine. Today I am starting with my all-time favorite.

Heifer International is an amazing organization. I mean the work they do is phenomenal  Truly, it has to be one of the best models of charity there are. The mission is basically in the philosophy of "give a man a fish, feed him for one day. teach a man to fish, feed him for life." I also like that you can find a way to help within any budget. They serve people around the globe including the U.S. and Europe. They will also send you cards that you can give to others letting them know that you donated in their honor. Plus you get cool address labels every year. Check them out, the pictures are worth it in and of themselves as you can see.

Do you have a favorite charity? If so I'd love to hear about it!

24 comments:

  1. What a wonderful initiative, Christine! I've been thinking of this for a while and you've given me the impulse to act. Have a great weekend!
    Ada

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    1. oh, thanks ada! you have a great weekend as well xo

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  2. I love Heifer International and their mission. And I love that you take the time to donate! It's so important, especially during this time of year when everyone's consumerism is running rampant. A small donation can change someone else's world! I love pet shelters, and it makes me feel better about not being able to adopt alllll the pups in the place, haha. Have you seen the documentary The Cove? Don't, if you don't want to weep for days. It's about dolphin slaughter in Japan. After seeing that I donated my ass off to that cause.

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    1. And this post inspired me to donate again to the Earth Island Institute to save the dolphins! Thank you Christine!

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    2. i have seen the cove. it was awful, i mean what they do is awful - it was a very well made documentary. just thinking about it now makes me want to cry.

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  3. This is exactly what my daughter and I are asking for this Christmas. I'm a vegan and don't feel 100% comfortable giving animals, BUT Heifer gives me many more options like water, plants, seeds...

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  4. At Christmas my family always goes through the CRWRC (now called World Renew) catalogue and we choose gifts such as three goats, classroom supplies, sewing machines. You order the gifts and they are given to a family/village/individual in need. It's really fun because you get to choose gifts (and there are lots). Last year I chose to give a literacy course to an adult because I love reading and I think being literate is a human right.

    I'm looking forward to reading about more organizations!

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    1. so true! i am excited to post more but it's really hard to narrow it down! the one you mentioned sounds really fantastic, i have never heard of it - going to look it up now, thanks for the info wren! xo

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  5. I love Heifer International. Love them. Most of our charitable giving goes through our son's school (in addition to going *to* his school!), but I've been thinking about picking out an organization that means something to our family this year and giving to them. This is definitely at the top of the list.

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    1. i know what you are saying, my sons went to an art elementary school and depended a lot on donations and fundraising too. i definitely like charities that don't have a minimum donation amount because it allows everyone to participate in giving - and like i said it adds up! i love heifer because you can just get a share of something which i think is really cool - it builds a feeling of community giving in an even more intimate sense.

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  6. http://www.plan-deutschland.de/

    There I have a godchild!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    ♥ Franka

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  7. I like the charities that set people up with the means to do business...not just a one off hand out...although of course sometimes that is necessary. It's good to pause sometimes and realise just how lucky we are! Thanks for visiting my blog and making a lovely comment. Have a great weekend!

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  8. I love Heifer International. Love them. Have a wonderful weekend!!!!

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  9. Well, I'm almost ashamed to admit that I've never heard of Heifer International. Thank you for the beautiful introduction, Christine. I think it's a wonderful idea to pick a charity to donate to, especially at this time of year. I'm thinking it would be great to get the kids involved, as well. Thank you for sparking this idea!

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  10. I love Compassion International. Basically they have kids you can "adopt" pr sponsor until they are grown up. For only $30 a month per child, the kid gets to eat, go to school and all that good stuff!
    I love your charity here too. Thanks for featuring a charity each month. It will bring us all in touch with the rest of the world!
    I am following you now:)
    Please check out some of my looks on BestTrendsForever.com!!
    XOXO
    Ty

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  11. It's great to give. I support a number of charities; one supports development projects in India, another feeds and cares for animals in a local shelter. Then every year I sell goods at a bazaar to collect money for charities in Russia.

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  12. I support Compassion International, we sponsor a little girl and get to write letters back and forth. They're very similar to Heifer International in that you can also buy animals, seeds, school supplies, etc. from their catalogue. We usually do that for Christmas gifts for relatives we know will appreciate it.

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  13. This is such a wonderful organization.
    I used to work for Habitat for Humanity- so that is one that is always near to my heart.

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  14. Sounds like a wonderful organization. Love the photos.

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  15. What an inspiration! And how worthwhile, thank you for the tip.

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  16. I love that you are using your blog to pay it forward. I just donated to the Red Cross for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. I live on Long Island and have known so many people both on Long Island in Queens that have lost their homes. I will keep this charity in mind. I am always looking for charities like this. Btw your blog is adorable, following you now on Bloglovin!

    Ali of:

    www.aliandang.com

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