Sixth grade student Sam Bigelow looked very excited when his name was chosen for the February “Catch ‘Em Being Good” drawing. It didn’t take Sam too long to decide how he was going to continue doing good work for others. The following is what Sam wanted to share with all of us.
“I donated $120 dollars to Heifer International (a charity that donates livestock to families in poor countries who are in need) so that I could give a goat to a need family. I donated the whole $100, and my mom made up the rest!
Goats can thrive in extreme climates and on poor, dry land by eating grass and leaves. The gift of a dairy goat can supply a family with up to several quarts of nutritious milk a day – that’s a ton of milk a year. Extra milk can be sold or used to make cheese, butter or yogurt. Families learn to use goat manure to fertilize gardens.
Goats often have two or three kids a year, making it easy for Heifer recipients to pass on the gift of a goat to another family in need. I would encourage everyone to donate a goat because this great investment allows our partners to lift themselves out of poverty by starting small dairies that earn money for food, health care and education. Here is the link to Heifer International’s website so you can see what great work they do: http://www.heifer.org/ourwork/our-work.”
Thank you, Sam, for passing on a gift that will help end hunger and poverty in countries that depend on the kindness of others, and an ever-expanding network of hope and peace.