Since the end of the year is almost nigh, I decided to total up my earnings for the year as an itinerant petsitter. Are you sitting down? I made $1450 this year! That is exactly $105 more than I made in my first summer job way back in 1974. I looked it up. You really can look anything up on the internet.
The good thing about making so little money is filing a tax return will be a breeze. I won’t even need a calculator. The bad thing is that it really isn’t much money. My father always used to say there are worse things than paying taxes. Oh, that is so true. I just never thought I would have first hand knowledge of that truth.
Back in my former life as an employed person, I was quite generous with my charitable giving often getting into 5 digit territory by the end of the year. Now that I live on savings, I give considerably less money, but I still give. I give because even though I am jobless, I am not homeless, wineless or foodless. There are so many others in this world that have so little and I don’t mind sharing.
I spread my giving out over the year and have also upped my volunteering since I don’t have a job that interferes with that. I have a soft spot for the hungry, the homeless, orphans and animals with efforts targeted at hungry homeless orphans and hungry homeless orphaned animals being near impossible to resist.
Earlier this month, I read a wonderful post over at The Bloggess. She mentioned an organization called The Heifer Project. This organization’s mission is to help communities end hunger and poverty in a sustainable way. They provide livestock and training to families around the world. A donation to them will buy a flock of chicks or a water buffalo or even a goat, or a part of a water buffalo or goat.
Since I recently experienced the joys of goat herding, I thought giving the gift of a goat would be an excellent way to wrap up my year, charitably speaking. If you need a last minute gift idea, consider the gift of a goat or part of a water buffalo. It’s a great idea for that person on your list who is difficult to buy for or just difficult. Knowing you gave a goat in their name will make them feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Even if they don’t feel that way, they’re not going to say anything. It would be unChristmaslike.
I know I feel all warm and fuzzy inside thinking about that goat in my shopping cart and knowing that one goat will make a huge difference in a child’s life.