Heifer International is one of the most wonderful charities I've ever come across. Please check out their website - it is a wonderful gift to give especially for that person who has "everything" cause you can donate in anyones name. DH and I have decided to forego gifts to each other this year and pool our money together to buy as many animals as we can afford to give someone. We are hoping to make this a tradition. Of course, you can give any time of year but Christmas is a great excuse! www.Heifer.org just a sample of how they work: Entire communities depend on wool and meat from sheep. Struggling families use sheep's wool to make clothes, or sell it for extra income. Sheep often give birth to twins or triplets and can graze even the hilliest, rockiest pastures unsuitable for other livestock. Some Heifer families use managed grazing techniques or zero-grazing pens to protect the environment and collect manure for fertilizer, which improves soil and pasture land. Warm in winter, cool in summer, waterproof and durable - wool is a valuable product that struggling families can use for clothing or sell for extra income. All over the world, Heifer partners are raising sheep to advance the cause against hunger and poverty. In poor Filipino villages, water buffalo from Heifer provide draft power for planting rice and potatoes, milk for protein and manure for fertilizer and fuel. A farmer can plant four times more rice with a buffalo than by hand. Water buffalo haul heavy loads to the market, where the sale of extra produce brings in vital income for clothing, medicine and school. By renting their buffalo to neighbors, Heifer partner families can earn money for home improvements. Protein-rich milk, strength to till soil, manure to enrich the land ... so many benefits. And, in turn, water buffalo are happy just to graze on coarse grasses and other plants not suitable for harvesting. The Buzz About Bees From Uganda to El Salvador, bees from Heifer International help struggling families earn income through the sale of honey, beeswax and pollen. Beehives require almost no space and, once established, are inexpensive to maintain. As bees search for nectar, they pollinate plants. Placed strategically, beehives can as much as double some fruit and vegetable yields. In this way, a beehive can be a boost to a whole village. Although most Heifer partners keep bees as a supplement to family income, beekeeping can be a family's livelihood. Your gift can help Heifer provide a family with a package of bees, the box and hive, plus training in beekeeping. No need to post comments in this thread. Please just go and check out the site. Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kwanzaa to all my TPF brothers and sisters!