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December 18, 2006

Making a difference one animal at a time

A few nights ago, my husband, David, and I were looking at the ELCA Good Gifts catalog together with our 9-year-old son, Sam. In case you haven’t seen it, the catalog has a variety of vignettes to illustrate how donations to the ELCA make a difference domestically and abroad through five areas: congregations, leadership, witness (ELCA World Hunger Appeal), evangelism and global mission.

Sam enjoyed hearing the different stories, especially the ones involving animals. For example, the catalog’s Global Barnyard section describes how a $25-50 donation can buy a family a goat, or how $30 can buy a pig to help a family break the cycle of poverty.

The next day Sam told us he wanted to help buy a pair of rabbits for the Global Barnyard animal project of the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. He gave us $2 from his piggy bank (a sacrifice for him), and we pitched in the rest to make the needed $5 donation. That experience reminded me that we can all make a difference (at any age or with any amount) one donation - even one animal - at a time.

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