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After working all day at Heifer on social media and various other tasks, I like to unwind at night by reading celebrity gossip. Yes, it's my secret guilty pleasure that I try to keep to myself but I've been doing it so long that it's just become a habit.

Checking to see which celebrities are tweeting, what they're wearing on the red carpets, who's breaking up and who's going to rehab provides me with 10-15 minutes a day of a brief escape from the seriousness of life. 

 The only problem is that after I've read some of the celebrities, I start to think back to what I do at Heifer everyday and start to feel like there is a disconnect between Hollywood and what is going on in the real world.

Recently, reality celebrity Kim Kardashian received a 20.5 karat engagement ring estimated at $2 million. Now, I'm sure that's just pocket change to her NBA basketball player fiance, but it got some of us in the office thinking...what could $2 million dollars do if donated to Heifer? 
                                   $2 Million Dollars could equal: 
12,500 Chickens..............................................x $20 each       =$250,000
5,000   Hope Gift Basket.................................x $50 each       =$250,000
1,000   Water Buffalo.......................................x $250 each     =$250,000 
500      Heifers..................................................x $500 each     =$250,000
250      Milk Menagerie....................................x $1,000 each  =$250,000
100      Gift Arks................................................x $5,000 each  =$500,000
25        Livestock Development.......................x$10,000 each =$250,000
How many families would that help? Thousands upon thousands without a doubt. Then each one of those single gifts would multiple and be sent to another family in need. After that the second family would be able to lift their family out of poverty and hunger. What next? You now have a community who is working together, feeding themselves and providing a future for their family.
Maybe it's time for Hollywood to realize that if they went with just a little less, that means someone who desperately needs it could have enough to survive.If Ms. Kardashian had received a ring worth $1 million and the other million donated to a chairty, think of the difference that could make.

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Maegan Clark

Maegan Clark loves social media even more than Southern sweet tea. She is currently pursuing her master’s in public administration and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a specialized study in public relations. Since working at Heifer, she has deepened her appreciation for the urgency with which we must end global hunger and poverty.