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Gift got his goat

Actually the gift was his goat. But he never got it—because the goat that Jim Ward got, he got in name only. And the pastor of New Hope Lutheran Church, Monticello, Ind., couldn’t be happier.

The anonymous giver, a parishioner, picked the goat out from the Global Barnyard in The ELCA Good Gifts catalog and made a $25 donation. The actual animal went to a needy family in a poor country.

Knowing the goat will help provide the family with its milk and cheese, and nourish their garden with its manure, pleases Ward. He told the local newspaper, the Herald Journal: “It could mean the difference between starving and living.”

The goat Ward didn’t get is one of 8,964 made to the appeal in the 2006 Christmas season, which raised more than $1.5 million for such ELCA hunger projects and other ministries.

Anyone who thinks Mom (or Dad or a grad) might prefer a goat (or a pig or some chickens) to perfume (or a tie or a book) might want to browse the catalog.


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