Mother’s Day is approaching, and that means it’s time to show our mothers and grandmothers our appreciation for the care they’ve given us. Many people find that a Heifer donation is a very special gift, especially since it will empower mothers around the world trying to support their families.
Mothers everywhere want what is best for their children. That’s why it’s important to honor our moms by extending greater opportunities to women struggling to get by. Simple changes can have huge impacts; women in the developing world could regain 200 million work hours every day if they all had access to clean water in their homes.
Heifer International Mother’s Day gifts like of a flock of chicks, clean water or a healthy home can bring transformative benefits for a family in need. Faith Onyango’s family, for example, was trapped in crushing poverty in a Kenyan village with her husband and three children before Heifer arrived. She was struggling to feed her children and their home was a crumbling mud brick hut.
But then, because of an individual’s donation, Faith received a heifer and training in organic farming from Heifer International. The cow’s manure helped increase the family’s corn harvest fourfold. With their new earnings, Faith sends her children to school and has built a new, safe house. She has now Passed on the Gift of her cow’s first calf to a neighbor.
Heifer International provides Mother’s Day gift honor cards that explain to gift recipients the impact a gift of livestock can have for a family in need.
With $1.9 billion spent on Mother’s Day flowers each year, Heifer International believes that donations to help families around the globe are the most meaningful – and impactful – Mother’s Day gifts available.
This Sunday, May 13, 2012, will be Mother’s Day. As we prepare to honor the women in our lives who have made an impact on who we are , let’s also think about the mothers who are working to provide for their children. These past two weeks we’ve provided ways on how you can celebrate your mom this Mother’s Day, stories of mothers who work to provide for their family, and shared what your mother really wants this year.
Goats are some of the most versatile creatures that can survive in even the most extreme climates. They supply up to a ton of milk a year which is used to make cheese, yogurt, and butter. This helps lead the way for better nutrition in impoverished communities. And, because they have two to three kids a year, it’s easier for Heifer families to Pass on the Gift of a goat to another family in need.
What do you think your mom really wants this year for Mother’s Day? Breakfast in bed? Maybe, if you’re a good cook. Another piece of jewelry? If she’s been a mom long enough, she’s probably got more than she can wear. What about a framed picture of the grandkids? Okay, probably yes on that one.
Some moms are happy just knowing that, on one special day out of the year, you pause to recognize everything she does for the family.
This year, take it one step further and give her a gift to recognize not only her, but also the millions of mothers around the world who need our help. A charitable donation to Heifer in honor of your mother provides a gift of livestock that helps moms in need around the world reach lives of dignity and self-reliance. It just my be the best Mother’s Day gift idea you ever have.
Think about it: does she really need another “I heart Mom” necklace? Give her a goat instead! It’s a much more practical way to say “Happy Mother’s Day.”
Have you ever given your mom a Heifer alternative gift for Mother’s Day? Tell us how she liked it in the comments section.