I know what you are thinking…Again with the rabbits?
Yes, the rabbits but this time it’s different.
Unbelievably, I just bought some rabbits.
Along with the rabbits I also purchased some ducks, geese, chickens, and honeybees.
You can close your mouth now.
Thankfully I purchased these animals from the comfort of my home.
And even more thankfully, I will never ever see any of these animals in my backyard or, even better, dead on my dining room floor.
Instead of angel Christmas gifts this year, my kids, influenced greatly by my 8 year old, decided they want to buy gifts through Heifer International.
“Heifer International works with community groups in third world countries and provides them with animals which help families help themselves. They train beneficiaries in animal well-being, agroecology, water quality, gender equity, and other topics. The training enables them to care for livestock, grow crops sustainably, and further lift themselves out of poverty.
Families then share the training they receive, and pass on the first female offspring of their livestock to another family. This extends the impact of the original gift, allowing a once impoverished family to become donors and full participants in improving their communities.”
I gave each child a budget and told them they could buy whatever animals they wanted as long as we didn’t exceed our total. We went through the gift catalog on the website reading about each animal, their cost, and talked about how those animals could help someone.
They contemplated, they added and subtracted, they debated, and they discussed.
Eventually, they decided and we bought a flock of hope (chickens, geese, and ducks), honeybees, and rabbits.
Once we convinced Caroline that buying a pegasus horse was not an option she went with the rabbits.
The family that kills rabbits just bought rabbits.
Cue the Lion King music. Again.
This year our family has talked a lot about poverty, families that are struggling, and kids who are hungry, both locally and far away. My hope is that by exposing them to programs like Heifer International and the Angel Tree they will see themselves as part of the solution and know that they can make a difference even at just 11, 8, and 4.
Donating to Heifer International was new to our family this year but based on the kids excitement I know it will not be our last experience with them. I think this program would also be fun for a school service project, a bake sale focus, or even an animal themed birthday party.
I’m not receiving any sort of compensation from Heifer for telling you about their program. I’m only asking that once you can purchase “a pegasus” our family is notified immediately.