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Today is World Kindness Day, which is relatively un-celebrated here in the United States. What a shame, too. We could all use a little extra kindness, don't you think? I still remember, back in high school, being made to do a Random Acts of Kindness project. At the time I thought it was ridiculous, having to log my daily acts of kindness every day for a month. As an adult with a wider view of the world, I now see the value.

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There's an interesting post on Huffington Post UK today about the personal benefits of compassion and committing acts of kindness.

What greater acts of kindness could you make today than to donate to a struggling farm family through Heifer International?

The gift of a Family Farm Care Package will help a family boost the productivity of their farm, helping them grow more food for their family to eat and sell.

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The family of Anna Gharzaryan and her husband, Aram Karapetyan of Armenia received a pregnant heifer from Heifer Armenia and the Armenian Missionary Association of America's joint program. Their children, Hasmik, Hayastan and Hovhannes named the cow Nargiz. Before joining the project, the family was struggling. They didn't have livestock, and they didn't have the money to buy one, despite both parents working hard. Because milk and dairy products are an important part of their children's diets, the couple was forced to purchase dairy products from the neighbors.

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It's been a year and a half since Nargiz the cow came to the Karapetyan family. Her first calf, Samara, has already become a nice heifer and will be passed on to another family in the community next year. This year a bull calf, named Bzho, was born. He is as nice and clever as his mom and sister. Nargiz's productivity has further increased with the birth of Bzho. Last year, she gave more than a gallon of very tasty milk each day. Now, she is producing around two gallons per day. The family no longer has to spend their small income on dairy for the children, and with time and additional training, the family's productivity and income will increase further.

Gifts of training and livestock supported by the Family Farm Care Package will help more families like the Karapetyans become self-reliant. Commit acts of kindness for farmers by donating. It makes a great gift for this holiday season, because it shows your friend, family member or colleague you know the value of spreading kindness around the globe.

Tell us about your acts of kindness this World Kindness Day in the comments below.

This post is part of our What to Give series, where we're helping you choose the best Heifer gift for your loved ones. Read previous What to Give posts here, and subscribe to the What to Give series here.

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Brooke Edwards

Brooke Edwards is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and started working at Heifer International in 2009 as a writer. She and her husband raise two daughters in a house way too small for their four pets. They spend a lot of time sweeping.