{Giving} this Christmas

This Christmas I wanted to post a list of Charitable Organizations that I support and encourage others to support as well. You may find that one of these speaks to your heart more than another and that is understandable I just wanted to present a wealth of opportunities to give back this Christmas!

Preemptive Love Coalition

The Goal of the PLC is to provide heart surgery to the Kurdish children of Iraq that were bombed by Saddam Hussein with Chemical Warfare. These Children has Congenital Heart Disease, from the chemicals dropped in the Kurdish area. Currently, the children are going to Turkey for heart surgery. Please visit their site for more information.

Yusef is currently one of the many [20-30] children waiting for surgery. He is hopefully going to get his surgery soon. But Yusef has 4 heart defects. Yusef’s hope lies on the hope that the surgery team can come back to Iraq. To read more about Yusef and the other 20-30 children needing surgery read the PLC BLOG.

Heifer International

The idea of  Heifer is best described by the AP.

“The idea behind Heifer … is similar to the notion that it’s better to teach a man to fish so he can feed himself than to give him a fish that will feed him just once. One animal could eventually benefit an entire community.”

Not only can you give a Heifer, you could give a lamb, goat or llama based on what portion of the world YOU want to give to. These animals help people help themselves. Agriculture is the most basic of practices and can not only help a family but an entire people group.

One Organization

ONE is a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support smart and effective policies and programs that are saving lives, helping to put kids in school and improving futures.

To read more about the One Campaign go to their blog HERE.

Goodwill Ministries

Ever since I was a child my parents would make us go through our toys and clothes and give them to Goodwill. This is still a goal of mine to give to Goodwill at least twice a year. {I actually have a HUGE bag of stuff to take this week!}  Goodwill takes donations of appropriately wore clothes and house goods, along with some new products and sell them at a discounted rate to the community. {I got a great set of table lamps for pennies on the dollar!}

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

We all recognize the volunteers in front of the stores during the holidays. Standing out there with that red bucket and Christmas bell. They don’t ask for donations but wish you a Merry Christmas. The Salvation Army offers several programs for helping  people with several different types of problems. They offer youth programs and aid addictive tendencies in people.


3 thoughts on “{Giving} this Christmas

  1. Heifer International (HI) is an organization that claims to work against world hunger by donating animals to families in developing countries. Its catalog deceptively portrays beautiful children holding cute animals in seemingly humane circumstances. The marketing brochure for HI does not show the animals being transported, their living and slaughter conditions, or the erosion, pollution and water use caused by the introduction of these animals and their offspring.

    By definition, animals raised for food are exploited in a variety of ways. The animals shipped to developing countries are often subject to; water and food shortages, cruel procedures without painkillers, lack of veterinary care resulting in extended suffering as a result of illness or injury.

    A large percentage of the families receiving animals from HI are struggling to provide for themselves and cannot ensure adequate living conditions, nutrition, and medical care for animals they have been given. HI provides some initial veterinary training to individuals and the initial vaccines. But, long term care for these animals and their offspring is up to the individuals.

    To make matters worse, animal agriculture causes much more harm to the environment than plant-based agriculture. The fragile land in many of the regions HI is sending the animals cannot support animal agriculture. Although they say they encourage cut and carry feeding of the animals to avoid erosion, the reality is often quite different.

    The consumption of animal products has been shown in reputable studies to contribute significantly to life-threatening diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and a variety of cancers. Regions that have adopted a diet with more animal products see an increase in these diseases. The remote communities supposedly served by HI have no way of dealing with the health consequences of joining the high-cholesterol world.

    While it may seem humane and sustainable to provide just one or two dairy cows here or there, the long term consequences are an increased desire for animal products in local cultures leading to an increase in production. These communities may be able to absorb the additional water use of one or two cows, what happens when there are hundreds or thousands of dairy cows, each consuming 27 to 50 gallons of fresh water and producing tons of excrement? The heavy cost to animals, the environment and local economies is not figured into HI’s business practices.

    • And the solution to the problem is?

      The point isn’t to bash charitable organizations it is to make people aware of giving opportunities. If you have so chosen not to give through HI then don’t. I find it hard to believe they would give a set of guinea pigs to someone in the Congo or a water buffalo to a Peruvian family. So the environmental impact of animals native to the area is well, natural.

      {besides if you feel animals destroy the natural environment too much look at ourselves. plus you can give a garden starter kit through HI instead of livestock}

      If it is the animals you are more concerned about then maybe you should look into giving to ASPCA or some Rescue Societies this holiday. The organizations chosen are meant to help people.

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