12 Days of Thrift-hearted Giving – Day 6: Got Goats?

By this time, you will probably all have already seen a half dozen or more Christmas catalogues from various organizations: World Vision, Salvation Army, Food for the Hungry, Mennonite Central Committee, to name a few. The idea behind the catalogue is, of course, to raise funds for their projects.

give the gift of livestock - at MCC a goat costs $35!

In many ways, this is a great idea. It really does make a difference in the life of someone who has real, physical needs. It is a way to honour someone you love by giving such a gift in their honour. It is a reminder that, compared to many in the world who are in desperate need for daily sustenance, most of us in North America don’t need anything.

And it’s a truly thrift-hearted gift: doesn’t need wrapping, reduces waste, isn’t costly (depending on what you get) and it’s a gift that really does communicate that it’s thought that counts.

What do you think of charity gifts? Would you be disappointed if that’s all you got under the tree?

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2 Responses to 12 Days of Thrift-hearted Giving – Day 6: Got Goats?

  1. sonja everson says:

    I think it’s a great idea. We get the kids involved as well and ask them what they’d like to give. One year, Emma wanted to give guinea pigs (because they were so cute) until she found out the guinea pigs for raised for food! I wouldn’t at all if someone gave a gift to charity rather than to me directly.

  2. We have had people call us at MCC thinking we have livestock in our warehouse that we ship overseas. One woman wanted to have us send a male and female goat so that they could mate and give the family receiving them even more goats. Oh, and she wanted them named after her grandchildren. We just said “Okay! done!” – what else can you say?

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