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Part of celebrating Advent is giving to others. Here are a couple of ideas of ways you can “give it” this advent season!

International Giving:

Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. They empower families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity – but their approach is more than just giving them a handout. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. The animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market. When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses.

Key part of Heifer– The core of their model is Passing on the Gift. This means families share the training they receive, and pass on the first female offspring of their livestock to another family. This extends the impact of the original gift, allowing a once impoverished family to become donors and full participants in improving their communities. The goal of every Heifer project is to help families achieve self-reliance. They do this by providing them the tools they need to sustain themselves, and it’s thanks to the generosity of donors like you.

You have the power to give a hungry family the training it takes to feed themselves and their children; to give a young girl a chance at an education; to empower a woman to have a voice in her community. Together, we can change the world, one family, one community, at a time. And it all starts with a gift. Here is the link to the gift catalog.

http://www.heifer.org/gift-catalog/index.html You could donate an animal, fund a project, support sustainable farming, promote women’s empowerment, provide basic needs or give where most needed. All of these categories have price ranges from $1-2,000. So there is a way that all kids, parents, and families can help out around the World!

Local Giving:

Decide on someone in your family that you want to do something extra special for them. Think of a special way you can bless them in this day. Think of things they love to do and do them with them. Think of things they do, like chores and do them for them or help them. Think of their favorite snack or drink and make it for them. Write or draw a special card and tell them all the ways that they are special to you or what they do for you. Be extra sweet to them and show them Jesus’s love during this day.

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