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A Cow for Christmas: A new opportunity to help families in need.



            

            What do two and four-year old boys want for Christmas?  A cow, a chicken, a horse, a hairbrush, and a fancy, blue Corvette to drive. Why would they want anything else?
            Actually, I found their wants very comical. I expected trucks or games, something I could afford. Their lists only left a hairbrush for my budget. We laughed, thought it was funny, and I even posted on Facebook on how silly they were. 

            Then, the World Vision Gift Catalog showed up in our mail. I flipped through it just like I do every year right before Thanksgiving. But this time, through page after page of ways to help families, five things stuck out to me. A cow, two chickens, a donkey, personal supplies, and a bicycle.

          I called on a friend and my brother. Together, we made a plan. We want to turn the Christmas list of two little boys into a reality for needy families across the globe.
-          A share of a cow is $50
-          Two chickens are $25
-          A share of a donkey is $25
-          Personal supplies is $25
-          A bicycle to help in a girl’s protection and education is $100
            $225 is what we are aiming for. 

            A cow for Christmas. That’s what he asked for, and that’s what we hope to give. By raising money, we want to fund this project. We’ve been putting a few ideas together. Some include:
-          Putting together a Capture the Flag night at our church where participants pay $5 to play.
-          Selling some paintings of mine.
-          Perhaps even doing a silent auction with donated items. 

            We realize Christmas is not far away, but that’s why we started small. You can join us. You can help with our project or by picking your own challenge and working towards it yourself. Feel free to comment or contact me if you have ideas.
            How can you help families this Christmas?
~Aly

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