Friday, December 4, 2015

Give a goat

Yes, yes, don't worry--there is a ton of ignorance piling up around here and it's all bound to spew forth sometime. But I just had a great idea, which is to highlight some cool things you and I can do for others over this sometimes overly consumer oriented season. Today for example, I got an email from Oxfam, suggesting that it might be a good day to give a goat, as they were going to match all goat donations up to about 25,000 dollars. Maybe you didn't know that Oxfam was in the goat giving business. Well, neither did I.

According to the email I got from Oxfam, here's the word on goats:

They're at the top of our list because they make a HUGE difference for families living in poverty. Goats provide milk and fertilizer – and they reproduce quickly, so what starts as a few goats can quickly turn into a stable source of income.

It's a funny thing, but at a certain point in my childhood, I actually dreamed of having a goat farm. I even envisioned having goat cart rides as part of the operation. Sadly, it never came to pass. But at least I can help someone else fulfill my vision.

"CL North in a Goat Wagon"


Here's the link to Oxfam Unwrapped. If a goat is a little out of your price range, fear not. There is sure to be a gift there tailored just for you.


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7 comments:

  1. This is a nice idea. I had heard that goats had a reputation as cantankerous creatures, but I once saw one behave in a gentle manner toward a little girl at a farm, perhaps because she was feeding the goat.

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  2. We saw some very nice goats when we visited a plantation outside of Charleston this fall, but I imagine they vary in temperament like pretty much everyone else.

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  3. But that reputation ... Call someone an old goat and someone else a lamb, and one has a fairly clear idea about what each one of them is like.

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  4. But that reputation ... Call someone an old goat and someone else a lamb, and one has a fairly clear idea about what each one of them is like.

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  5. I just added a picture of a boy driving a little goat cart--and there were plenty of this type of image to choose between. If people entrusted their children to them, they can't be as bad as all that.

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  6. And human children are called kids, after all.

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  7. True. The etymology seems to suggest that children are like young goats rather than that young goats are like children.

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