It's the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. You've eaten until you were stuffed and then had some more. You've shopped til you dropped. You most likely don't want to see another turkey or the inside of another mall until the new year. Here's where Giving Tuesday comes in, to remind us that this season is really about giving differently.
What if you could give a gift that literally keeps on giving? With a mission to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth, Heifer International supports families all over the world (here in the U.S., too) by giving them livestock and training. Then, those families Pass on the Gift by sharing the first female offspring of their livestock with another family and helping to train them. Each time I stand behind a booth sharing with others about Heifer, someone inevitably says, "So it's kind of like the 'teach a man to fish' idea?" It's that and so much more because not only does that man (or woman) learn how to "fish" to sustain his family, he turns around and teaches someone else how to do it as well.
So, check your recycling bin for that Heifer catalog you got in the mail, or check it out online. Get the kids involved in choosing between ducks, rabbits, goats or bees (yes, bees). Give to this worthy organization today and then, get that gift catalog back out because Heifer gifts are great under the tree as well.
And if you're a trail runner, go register for our Hoof it for Heifer 20K happening April 12, 2014 at Petit Jean State Park. It's our third year to put on this trail run in a gorgeous setting and the proceeds benefit Heifer. We have some great volunteers (and staff)! If you are not a runner and already have an organization you are giving to on Giving Tuesday, give us a "like" on the Heifer In Arkansas Facebook page.