How can I ever thank you enough for the kindness, generosity, and love you have shown each of your Backups? You have touched and changed so many lives, my own included, and I will always be eternally "thankful and grateful" :-) for the great fortune of being a Melinda's backup. What a wonderful role model you have been in so many ways. As we once again approach Christmas, your dedication to supporting charitable endevours is a reminder to me to follow your example. As in past years, I have struggled to find the perfect place to give for this Christmas project. In reality however, there is no perfect place, as there are sadly so many who are in need. After giving much thought and research into my project, I decided on giving to two organizations.
So, I will be donating a goat and 4 chickens to a family in need, in your name, through World Vision International, a local Christian humanitarian charity organization, dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to tackle poverty. "The goats will nourish hungry children and families with healthy milk, cheese, and yogurt. The chickens will provide fresh eggs that are rich in protein and nutrients, and extra eggs and chicks can be sold to pay for other basics needs".
"A dairy goat can give up to 16 cups of milk a day. Goat milk is easier to digest than cow's milk and is an excellent source of calcium, protein, and other essential nutrients that growing children need. Goats are practical animals, flourishing in harsh climates while producing valuable manure to fertilize crops and vegetable gardens. Chickens are equally easy to raise, and will naturally multiply to impact generations of children. Each family that receives chickens is asked to give back hatched chicks to help another family in need. Chicks require little money, space, or food to thrive and grow, making them an ideal business venture for a single mom or vulnerable family".
Since animals are such an important part of my life, I will also once again support the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary by sponsoring the 22 year old Arabian gelding named Darby (pictured above) in your name. "Darby lost his home because his family felt they had too many horses. Somebody had to go, and Darby drew the short straw". He's very personable with his fellow animals and humans alike, according to the sanctuary, but he can no longer be ridden. Chances of getting adopted out are slim, but fortunately for Darby, the sanctuary, located in Southwestern Utah, operates the largest no-kill sanctuary in the country for abandoned, abused and neglected companion and barnyard animal. Darby will be guaranteed a home for life.
Thank you for being such an inspiration Melinda. I want to wish you and your wonderful family and friends, the very best Christmas, filled with joy, health, and love.
With much love,