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pass on the gift

I don’t like asking people for things. However, this is a special case. I’m asking for your help – I’m asking for you to consider donating to a charity.

Back in high school, my best friend and I (as the President and VP of the Junior B-Sharp Club of Utica) organized a benefit concert for the Heifer Project. It has been my pet charity ever since. You can read all about them on their site, but in a nutshell (or in their case, maybe an eggshell), you sponsor an animal or set of animals, e.g. the poster critter: the heifer. They give the heifer to a family in need, domestic or international, provide them the training to care for the animal and use it to their benefit – how to milk it, use manure for fertilizer, and keep it healthy. They feed their own family on its milk, share and sell the rest. Its offspring are given to a neighboring family, actually helping to grow and enrich the community. It really is the gift that keeps on giving.

I love this charity because it isn’t a charity of handouts. People are not given food, given money, given clothing. They are given the materials and the skills to create a new life for themselves, and their dignity is held in the highest regard. They are being helped to help themselves, which is perhaps one of the greatest respects we can pay each other as people – the respect of each person as a capable individual.

I just sponsored a flock of chicks. They eat scraps and insects, fertilize gardens, take up very little space, and their eggs provide much-needed protein. And of course, all offspring will be passed to neighbors.

In the spirit of the holidays, I am asking you to consider donating. If you are interested, perhaps join with me for something larger, like a sheep or a goat. It doesn’t have to be much, even $5 or $10. I will seed it with $30. I know most of you who read this are starving college students, but please consider those who really are starving around the world. Consider it a gift to humanity.

Please message me or email me ( liz [dot] remizowski [at] gmail [dot] com ) if you are interested. And on behalf of the recipients, thank you.

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