November 13, 2015

A Red Cup & A Heifer...





When I saw the commotion about #theredcup all I could do was chuckle...and then get super frustrated.  People are willing to waste their time trying to start a movement over a cardboard cup instead of starting a movement to raise awareness of world hunger or child abuse or women's rights.  Infuriating


The red cup signifies nothing more than an overpriced cup of coffee and any of us who can afford it are blessed beyond words. End of story.  I wanted to share with my readers an organization that I feel very passionate about that focuses all of their energy towards meaningful servitude.  A few years ago, I received a Christmas card from one of my aunt and uncles.  I opened the card to find that they had made a donation of a Water Buffalo to Heifer International in my son's name.  So started my love for this amazing organization.



Heifer International is an organization that was started nearly 70 years ago by Dan West.  While serving cups of milk to refugees of the Spanish Civil War as an aid worker, West realized that it would be more beneficial for the refugees to learn how to raise livestock to provide themselves with nourishment instead of having to depend on others for help. You know, the whole "If you give a man a fish...teach a man to fish" philosophy.  Pretty great stuff in my opinion.




I personally think that Heifer International is changing the world.  They are empowering those who have absolutely no resources at their disposal to help themselves out of  horrible circumstances.  Instead of just giving them the food they need for nourishment, they are providing tools, skills and education for people to provide nourishment for themselves, their family and others.  They learn how to have a sustainable income and livelihood through raising different types of livestock as well as basic business skills.  This in turn improves the economy for their community allowing new schools to be built and new businesses to be started.



My request for every person in my life is to support Heifer International, or charity of your choice.  Instead of becoming persecutors and red cup vigilantes, let's let people do religion how they choose and focus our energy towards something that can change a life for the better.  If there is one thing that we can ALL agree on, it is that we are blessed beyond measure.  Most of us will probably never suffer like starving children in Africa do, or their parents who have to see them starve, or the young girls in the Middle East who have to worry about being doused in acid because they are teaching themselves to read.  




One of my resolutions, that I am not going to wait until January to start, is to start using my social media platforms as a way to bring awareness to real issues and to spread unconditional love and light for my fellow man.

Please check out Heifer International to see what animals and other sustainable agriculture you can donate today!

Happy Friday, y'all!

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5 comments:

Jackie said...

Thank you! And Amen! We love to support Heifer International as well!

Have a great weekend!
Jackie
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Kayla Whitter said...

Fun fact: Earthbound, the store in the mall that sells cool things from all over the world, such as hookahs, handspun clothing and accessories, etc., does donations to Heifer International. I worked there shortly as a store manager, and that was the first time I had heard of HI. They except donations big and small, pennies to bills. :)

Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders said...

I can't believe all the craziness that happened because of the stupid red cups! People have too much time on their hands if this is what they're worried about!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Can I just co-sign this whole post - LOVE <3

Green Fashionista

Darcy said...

I totally thoguht the red cup thing was ridiculous! Waste of a riot haha.
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