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50 for 50 Day 24: Heifer, International

June 10, 2011

And here’s our intro…Thanks for stopping by my 50th Birthday Celebration, Day 24.

Here’s the background story: because I feel so blessed and have pretty much everything I could ever need, I am asking people to get involved with charities, if they are so inspired, in lieu of any fabulous birthday presents you were planning on sending me (or not).

I am featuring a different charity every day for 50 days leading up to my 50th birthday to give you plenty of chances to get involved. I started on May 18. I wanted to give a voice to different good works around the globe. If you ARE inspired to take action, please leave me a comment and let me know that you did. This is all I want for my birthday – to spread some love and kindness. Thank you, my dear friends.

Heifer International is another fun way to give. It was suggested by loyal reader J from Thinking About Here’s a short video that made me cry. Look at the smiles of the women at the end:

Something they say that I LOVE:
One way that Heifer works to develop gender equity is to give animals and resources directly to women. This allows women to gain status not only in their families but also their society. By becoming the owners of livestock and the businesses that come from those livestock women are able to earn and income for their family. Men are invited to participate in the project as well, but only on an equal playing field with their wives and the women of the community. Many projects are directed by women with men playing more of a supporting role.

Yay for equality!

Here’s the donation page.

You can also send Gift e-cards to surprise people with a goat!

What a great organization.

Previously featured organizations:
Team Rubicon
The Carter Center
Bikes Not Bombs
Friends of Maddie
Surfrider Foundation
United Through Reading
Operation Shower
The Liz Logelin Foundation
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Kids Vs Global Warming
Help a Mother Out
Direct Relief International
Accelerated Cure for Multiple Sclerosis
Women for Women
Epic Change
Amnesty International

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