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What I got for Christmas – a goat!

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My daughter gave me this World Vision goat – which goes to a family in countries like Haiti and Kenya, and provides them with milk, cheese, fertilizer, yogurt, and goat kids to sell. I love it!
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The early-morning bleating of a dairy goat is a happy sound for children in countries like Haiti and Kenya — they know it’s ready to be milked. A goat nourishes a family with protein-rich milk, cheese, and yogurt, and can offer a much-needed income boost by providing offspring and extra dairy products for sale at the market. It even provides fertilizer that can dramatically increase crop yields!

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Imagine the difference a fertile garden and a steady protein source will make to a family with too little to eat. Imagine how their children will grow strong in bones and brains!
What a delight!

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Written by Monte

December 27, 2008 at 10:16 am

Posted in Poverty, Social change

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  1. Great comments, Rick and 99 – thanks – you both change our world! Keep it up!


    December 29, 2008 at 6:12 pm

  2. Heck, Monte, that was a darn nice bit to read. Thanks. I’ve been flipping my damn wig again over the scene in Gaza for the past 24 hours, and I think this is the first moment that my shoulders came down from my ears for just a second. Yes. Thanks. We can add ebbing a cranky old lady’s agony of outrage just a jot to the list of goat benefits. xoxoxox


    December 28, 2008 at 9:56 pm

  3. I bought one two years ago through Heifer International at Christmas for the kids and grandkids. They got a kick out of telling their friends what grandpa had done.

    So last year for Christmas we helped some folks with funeral expenses, made a contribution the United Way and the humane society.

    This year we did a contribution to area churches and Operation Home Front which assists soldiers and their families. If anyone’s missed presents under the tree from me, they haven’t spoken a word about it.

    I told them quite a while back that I was through buying a bunch of crap that would be unwrapped Christmas morning and forgotten at sundown.

    The quickest way to put Jesus back in Christmas, I figure, is to act like his life mattered.

    So yeah for goats!

    Rick Reiley

    December 28, 2008 at 6:10 pm

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