If you’ve been following Heifer’s social channels, then you’ve seen where we’ve been discussing Valentine’s Day. This year, instead of giving a flowers or chocolate, give something that can really make a difference.
Check out some of our links of how you can share Heifer this Valentine’s Day:
- Heifer Valentine’s Day videos on YouTube
- Heifer Infographic
- Heifer Facebook Timeline
- Heifer is on Pinterest
So what are you going to be getting your sweetie for Valentine’s?
Here’s what else is going on:
- Sahel Crisis: 8 Questions Answered via World Food Programme
- Building the Connection between Federal Programs and Job Creation in Rural America
- What Do Flamingos Have to do with Local and Sustainable Food Production?
Are you one of the average Americans who spent $68.98 on your significant other last Valentine’s Day?
Tired of making that last-minute run to the nearest grocery store for what’s left of the heart-shaped chocolates and generic flowers, and hoping beyond hope they’ve still got a box of whatever the latest kids’ Valentine’s Day cards happen to be? Plan ahead, and join the [ALT] GIFT revolution with Heifer.
Check out www.heifer.org/vday for Valentine’s Day gift alternatives and a bunch of fun goodies, like a Facebook timeline banner and printable cards to send with your kids to their school parties.
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Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
With Valentine’s Day
just a week away, it’s not too early to begin thinking of what you can get for your sweetie. But instead of spending hundreds of dollars on flowers that will wilt or chocolate that could melt, instead, do something for your Valentine
that will be felt in the heart.
It may not be a candlelit dinner, but what better way to spend a little time with your honey than volunteering at a soup kitchen or taking time out to do something to pay the love forward.
Cook Together at Home
Continue to make sustainable food choices
and buy foods that are seasonal
. You and your Valentine can know that the meal you are sharing is a meal that is good for the Earth and for your budget.
Pick the Perfect Gift
What will you be doing this Valentine’s Day?
SometimesHeifer’s support comes from unlikely quarters.
Turns out,one of Heifer’s greatest advocates is a fantasy author named Patrick Rothfuss. Hehas a broad following of lively and thoughtful people, and he cheerfully marshalsthis army in Heifer’s name. During his annual fundraiser, Rothfuss’s Worldbuilders charity matches their donations by 50 percent.
This year,Rothfuss set the goal at $50,000, then $100,000, and kept bumping it up…
When the Feb.7 deadline hit, Rothfuss had raised $308,966!
We are alwaysimpressed by his passion for Heifer’s mission (last year he raised $192,000),but this was incredible. Rothfuss truly brought his entire community together.
In additionto the outpouring of support, Rothfuss also got stories from readers about howmeaningful the act of giving to Worldbuilders/Heifer could be. Here’s a neatexample:
I love, love, love Worldbuilders, but as a broke law student I can’t afford to donate much… So this year, my fiancée and I had a fun idea. We agree with your take on Valentine’s Day, so this year as our “Valentine’s Day present” to each other, we donated in our name to Worldbuilders.
We thought setting aside money for goats was way more important than setting aside money for unnecessary trinkets, and what better way is there to celebrate loving each other and wanting to spend our lives together than by making the world we want to live in better, and honoring an author whose work we adore?
Thank you,Patrick Rothfuss, for throwing your time, energy, and reputation behind Heifer’scause. And thank you for showing us howgenerous people can be when they’re given the chance.
Although thedeadline for the match has passed, you can still donate to the Worldbuilders team page.