Something Different for Christmas

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Do you know anyone hard to shop for? Someone who doesn't need another trinket or object that will sit on a shelf?

Do you know anyone hard to shop for? Someone who doesn't need another trinket or object that will sit on a shelf? I found some great ideas in the Heifer International and World Vision Christmas catalogs. Both organizations give the chance to make a real difference in someone's life – in the United States or across the globe. For instance, you can give ducks, geese, or chicks to a family in Africa or South America. The birds give eggs and to eat or sell so a family can make money to live. Chickens don't need much space are easy to take care of.

 

One of my favorites is the gift of honeybees. The bees help a family earn money by selling honey, bees wax, and pollen. Bees take up almost no space, are inexpensive to keep, and they help the environment by pollinating plants.

 

Giving a goat to a family in South America provides them with nutritious milk. Donkeys, pigs, heifers, and fish are also available. With the animals, families can support themselves become independent.

 

There are many options besides animals too. You can give fruit trees, clean water, wells, water pumps, medicine, a year or month of school,and clothes.

 

Other gifts range from heifers to to fresh water wells to soccer balls and school supplies. You can even give a Ger – a tent-like house – to a Mongolian family. For kids in the United States, you can give clothes and school supplies to kids in need. You can give the gift in someone else's name and the gifts range in price from $10 to thousands of dollars. You can buy a share of the more expensive items like a well or a cow.

 

One year I received two shares of a goat. It made me feel good inside to know that one of my Christmas gifts was helping someone in need and making a difference in the world.