the spirit of giving: project cow

December 8, 2011

This semester, Juliet's preschool Geography class has been collecting money to buy a goat or cow for a needy family in Africa. 

All year, the kids (four year olds) have been working jobs around the house to earn money to bring to school each week and put in the collection can. 

Generally, I have to beg, plead, and threaten to get Juliet to pick up toys, etc, but once she had the motivation of earning a quarter, well, she became the most helpful person in the house!

She was constantly asking if she could do a chore so she could earn a quarter to put in her "cow cup." (A mug where she keeps her earnings.) 

As the months went by, her teacher would tell the class how much they had earned. It turned out they brought in enough to buy two goats!

And while that was exciting, Juliet was disappointed that they had not earned enough to buy a cow. 

So she came up with the idea to raise the money herself. 

She's been asking to set up a lemonade stand outside in our driveway for two years now. We've always said no. 

But this time, we thought maybe she was on to something. 

Instead of lemonade, she made some salt dough ornaments shaped like cows and hearts. She stamped them with a tiny cow stamp and then covered them in pink glitter. (Other colors did not have a chance.) 

She worked hard on those things! She mixed up the dough, rolled them out and cut out the ornaments. She carefully poked holes in them and even had a good attitude when I had the not-so-bright idea to mix in glitter into the dough before baking them (thought I would save her some time), only to find out that putting glitter in the oven is a big no-no as it releases toxic fumes when heated at high temperatures. 

We had to throw out an entire batch of ornaments. All my fault. 

After a few days, she had made about 40 ornaments. 

She hit up her grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, who all of course bought her ornaments and paid well beyond the suggested retail price of $2 an ornament. So she has her cow money. 

We are going to let her go online and "buy" the cow from the Compassion Gift catalog

There are a ton of other great options in the catalog for helping children and families living in poverty.
From playgrounds 
To garden seeds

And this one really hits me--a skilled birth attendant.

If you've read my blog for awhile, you know that my husband Ben works for Compassion. They are an organization that does great work. 

You can see a glimpse into the work they do in this video featuring one of their projects in the Philippines. 

My favorite part is the children. You have to see them--they are so beautiful. 

Thanks for letting me share this with you. 

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