Thursday, November 15, 2007

Stocking Stuffers #8


I don't know how great this Oxfam company (actually its an organization) is (ie: how much of your money actually goes to the good cause) but I really like the idea. You "purchase" an item like a sheep or a school uniform & that money goes to a sheep for a village, school uniforms for kids in Africa or the various projects that Oxfam is running- print out a picture & a little explanation of the contribution and put it in a pretty envelope- a very cool gift idea!

4 comments:

Shauna said...

olivia...what would i ever do with a sheep?

Mike Kessler said...

Liv, Oxfam is probably the largest non-profit international aid organization in the world. It's not a company -- it's like the United Way of international aid, only it's a hundred times bigger than United Way. I wouldn't be surprised if every single cent of your purchase of a sheep actually goes toward the purchase of a sheep. Their Web site probably tells you, though.

Esther Noelle said...

Hey I think Dawn Harding did this for Rachel... or maybe it was totally different... they bought a llama in her name and it went to some family that could actually use it.... cool idea though!

Marni said...

Hey Liv, Cool that you stumbled on OxFam and posted a blog entry about them. Another (reputable) relief org that does similiar work is the Heifer foundation, www.heifer.org. They give animals like goats, cows, and chickens to families in third-world countries, which then provide milk or eggs for the families to both live on and sell. Often they'll give a pair of animals so the family can sell the offspring too. It's a great gift to get someone for Christmas!