11/23/09

I Could Buy A Cow...


I won't go into actual numbers here, but the amount of money I'm saving this month is humbling. And although I hadn't thought too much about what to do with the money we saved, I mostly assumed it would go into our vacation fund or car emergency fund. While David and I have a few organizations that are near and dear to our hearts that we give to, I'm actually saving enough money that I can make a real difference in someone else's life--and still sock away plenty of extra money for a vacation. What incredible timing that the Heifer International catalog came in the mail yesterday. I was floored.


I can easily buy a cow or water buffalo for a family in need. A water buffalo. A WATER BUFFALO! Just writing that gets me all goofy inside. This is an organization I completely believe in and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a place to give this holiday season. Their mission statement is "to help end world hunger and poverty through self-reliance and sustainability." You can go here to read more. You can donate a little (for the purchase of chicks or rabbits) or a little more (for goats or sheep) or up to $5,000 for an entire "Ark" of animals.


So while I've never shopped for farm animals before, I can tell you that it feels really fun.

6 comments:

Shannon- said...

LOVE IT! And love this no spending quest. A worthy one in deed!!

Old Men Reflect said...

Now they can make real buffalo mozzarella

Melodie Monberg said...

We love this project. In fact, when my grandmother died, all 13 kids and 56 grand kids went together and bought several cows in her remembrance. She was a farmer's wife. I still think that's one of the best funeral gifts we could have ever gotten her!

I'm almost convinced to take January as a challenge. Your blog has been a huge inspiration and encouragement!

Melodie

Vivi said...

I've heard about this before - it's a great idea and a donation that gives and gives. Good for you guys!

rebekah said...

Ok, I just came over from Bridget's blog and I am really intrigued with this 30 days. Seems much more worthwhile than posting every day for a month - but just a wee bit more difficult too!

As much as I'd like December to be my month, I feel we have already whittled the holidays down as much as we can without completely alienating our extended family. But we are going to do this - just a question of when.

After you're done, I'd be curious to know what a month 'off' does to your future habits. I've generally given up things for a year (sweets, alcohol, clothes with the exception of running shoes) because I figured I needed that long to have a true impact in my life. But maybe 30 days would be pretty good.

Courtney O. said...

awesome.