after Thanksgiving, I was on my horse helping my daughter and
son-in-law move their Black Angus cows to a new pasture.
is our version of Black Friday," my son-in-law quipped.
it’s nice to get out of the usual holiday madness and
consider other options for Christmas shopping. Buying local is
one example. What a novel idea to keep our friends and
neighbors in business so we have the luxury of these unique
stores and gifts.
other end of the scale are gifts of nutrition for our
neighbors — both locally and around the world. Here are some
distinct items that last much longer than a box of chocolates:
International: In honor of someone on your gift list — let’s
say your mother-in-law who loves cows — your can donate
money to buy a healthy milk cow for a family in need. And your
gift helps assure that this cow will have a calf each year to
"pass the gift" on to others in poor communities.
This non-profit organization also sponsors the purchase of
sheep (wool), goats (milk) and pigs (protein) for needy
families around the world. Find the catalog online at
www.heifer.org/catalog or call 855-848-6437.
Trust: Children who battle hunger on a daily basis are
not able to grow, learn or play, say representatives of this
charitable organization. For the cost of buying a gift for
someone who doesn’t need one more thing to stuff in their
house, you can — in your gift recipient’s name — provide
protein-rich meals to a child for an entire year. Or support a
chicken farm in a community in need of sustainable nutrition.
Find more ideas www.visiontrust.org or call (719) 268-2943.
Purse: Named for the story of the Good Samaritan, this
Christian organization uses donations to help nourish mothers,
infants and children. Just 7 dollars can provide a week of
meals to one child in need. Find the gift catalog at
www.samaritanspurse.org or call (828) 262-1980.
Army: In almost every hometown in America and across the
globe, this faith-based organization will again be ringing its
bells for donations this season. Meals, food and shelter are
the gifts we give when we open our pockets to those little
black kettles. Every penny helps these dedicated workers
continue, as they say, "Doing the most good: to feed, to
clothe, to comfort, to care." Get other gift giving ideas
and find your local office at www.salvationarmyusa.org.
recently that there’s no time of the year like Christmas to
develop unrealistic expectations. It went on to say our
deepest longings are for more than just Hallmark moments and
memories. Without getting too sappy, perhaps this year we can
give up some of our unrealistic expectations and receive —
through our giving — the true Gift of this season.