Friday, January 02, 2009

Happy Hiefer International New Year!

I think our New Year's family fundraiser for Heifer International was successful. As you might recall our family decided not to exchange Christmas gifts among the cousins and aunts and uncles. We've had some lay-offs and downturns in business in the family this past year, so it was time to rethink the gift exchange. Instead, we threw cash into a basket...could be any thing from the change lying around the house to whatever you would have spent on gifts...totally up to the giver.

Then we had the kids sort and count the money. They took their job very seriously. It turned out to be a fun activity for them. I don't think most of them had ever handled so much money.

Here Jacob is using the cowboy's rifle to hold up the bank. LOL


Counting.....We totaled up 580 dollars.

Then it was time to figure out what animals the kids wanted to buy. I put up pages from Heifer's catalog describing each animal, how it would help a family, and the cost. They picked a llama, pig, 6 rabbits, goat, sheep, flock of ducks, flock of chicks and honeybees. The adults were thrilled to have a more economical Christmas, less fuss trying to find presents for kids who already have so much, and we wanted to show the kids how important it is to help others. The kids seemed be excited that they were helping kids around the world have a better life. We were a little worried that the little kids would miss the presents, but they were excited about what we were doing and they want to do it again next year.

Of course, we were not just counting money all night....we were having a party too!


Renee said...

What a wonderful thing to do and a fabulous evening!
Wishing you a very happy 2009!

Jenny said...

Great idea. Love how the little ones got to play banker. Looks like everyone had a wonderful holiday.

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

Memories being made. Can't get better than that. Congrats on a great idea being enjoyed by all. ~Mindy