Thursday, January 20, 2011

I'm Buying a Llama

You heard right! This weekend I'm buying a llama. No, no, no, NOT for me, for someone else! Someone at work shared this incredible site/organization called Heifer International. This unique charity allows you to buy something for those in need; something practical, useful, resourceful and even profitable. From cows to chickens and even camels, Heifer is helping people living in poverty to find a way of creating a renewable resource and income. Not only do they deliver these animals, but they teach how to take better care of them and even breed more. They have a great video on how just one cow can help, and also how 2,000 cows can REALLY help.

Now you're probably wondering, "Why a llama?" Well..I like llamas and I know just how resourceful their wool can be. With all the alpaca coats, blankets and profit the farms back in New York make, llamas (and alpacas) are a fantastic creature. Heifer will give them to those in poverty that reside in the mountainous Latin American areas. On the site, they go on to say, "Llamas and their kin, the alpaca, provide Heifer families with invaluable sources of transportation, income and wool, which is prized for making blankets, ponchos, carpet and rope."

So there ya go! I'm buying (donating) a llama. You should donate something too! Honestly, the cost of these animals is tiny compared to what we would pay for them here in America. I think it would be cool one day to raise enough money to buy the "Milk Menagerie" which is a packaged donation consisting of: a quality-breed heifer, two goats and a water buffalo. #volunteerfundraiser


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