We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Heifer International has been doing the same type of thing for many years. What a great way to share in this season of giving!
Glad to see another organization on board.
Altho' I have to say, I get the impression from my daughter in law that I am kinda kooky - once a hippy, always a hippy in her eyes. I believe she would have preferred bath beads instead of the Heifer Trio of Rabbits. :) Oh well.....
and along those lines - a very Merry and Blessed Christmas to everyone at Maggie's! Peace, dear friends.
We have used Heifer Internat'l for years and my brother donates to something starting with "Ox.." (he's out of the country right now, so I can't find out the name...if anyone knows it, perhaps they could post it here). There's also a site that builds wells so people have fresh water nearby. Again, can't remember the exact name. Help!
Anyway, these are great places to share the holiday spirit OR remember someone's birthday/anniversary any time of year. Thanks for mentioning the idea. My neighbor volunteers at a medical clinic in Guatemala every summer that has benefited from such donations and become quite self-supporting thanks to the chicks (eggs), goats (milk and cheese), etc.
and there are many organizations that build wells - aspringofhope.org is one - also there is Trees Water and People not only building wells, but also cooking stoves that reduce indoor air pollution and TWP, of course, helps communities plant trees and keep their wood supply/forests healthy so that the communities do not have to move when they deplete the wood supply.
Good things to do this season - and year round - most of them do not have high administrative costs so that a good chunk of your donation goes directly to the folks it is supposed to help...always something to check out.
Another word about Heifer International - they also assist folks in rural America with raising livestock. You can choose that option if you want to help here at home.