|Doing Good Together Newsletter|
Jenny Friedman, Executive Director
Make a Difference... Begin a small tradition of giving this holiday season - whether it's for Christmas, Hanukah or the New Year. A few possibilities:
Talk About It ... It's difficult to get control of the "gimmes" during the holidays, but having conversations with your children does help put the season's materialism into perspective.
Learn About It ... Learn how to help your kids express gratitude by reading Thanks a Million by Nikki Grimes, a collection of poems about being thankful, along with beautiful illustrations.
Photo: Thanks a Million by Nikki Grimes
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Every February the Barnabees of Libertyville, Illinois, throw a party for Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, as a way to celebrate the heritage of their two adopted children, Josie, age 8, and Ben, age 6. This year, the family made the event extra-meaningful by creating a way for their 50 to 60 invited guests to benefit people living in Vietnam.
Since the party last February, guests have been raising money for Heifer International, which donates animals and training to families in developing countries to encourage self-reliance. Jim and Jenny Barnabee and their children decided that "purchasing" a water buffalo through Heifer would be ideal, because it's an animal critical to Vietnamese agriculture. The cost? $250 per animal. Water buffalo are endlessly useful, helping to plant crops, provide milk, and produce manure for fertilizer and fuel. "A farmer can plant four times more rice with a buffalo than by hand," the organization says.
Photo: Jim, Ben (6), Josie (8), and Jenny Barnabee
We're thrilled! The November 2007 issue of Better Homes and Gardens features a two-page article on Doing Good Together and family volunteering. It's under the heading "Raise Your Hand" on page 172. We're also in the November issue of Family Circle. They're both on the newsstand right now!