Urchins for Chicks

Blessed — that’s what we are in so many ways. Our family is fortunate to live middle-class lives in an affluent country where we have the freedom to speak, worship, and pretty much go about our lives in a way that pleases us. We have never had to worry about how we would feed our children, how we would afford their medicine, or how to protect them from warfare. We go to our church every week without fear of imprisonment.

Urchins for Chicks

The recent winter holidays always reminds me — and many — of how much I have been given and this is something that Papa and I want our children to appreciate. Katrina helps me take food and clothing to our local outreach center, she has sorted through toys to give some to children who have few, but this year we are taking it a little further. This year we gave her a catalog from Heifer International and asked her to flip through and choose an animal — she picked a flock of chicks. Since Thanksgiving she’s been doing jobs around the house to earn the money to buy them for a child who lives half the world away. I cannot get over how excited she’s been about this. She keeps asking us if we have jobs for her. Not once has she asked about keeping the money for herself or buying something she wants. She’s learning that charity isn’t just about cast-offs and leftovers but also about sacrifice — that making the world better requires work.

So if you’ve made it this far you may be wondering why I’m writing all this on my craft blog. I was thinking about how much difference one four-year-old can make and then the difference that ten children could make and I thought what Katrina is doing might inspire you, or your urchins and I felt obliged to share. In addition to the jobs around the house Katrina has started a shop over at cafepress where you can buy items screenprinted with her original designs — we’re hoping to add more designs soon. All proceeds from the sales will go toward chicks. Now tell me, what do you do to foster giving and sacrifice in the hearts of your children?


8 Responses to “Urchins for Chicks”

  1. 1 Alisha January 25, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Wow, that is really a great idea. It’s so encouraging to hear about a young child making a difference.

  2. 2 Anina January 25, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    This is wonderful! We always had Josh do this kind of thing, but in the “tween” phase motivation is really hard. He turns 16 this year and will be eligible for bigger things like Habitat for Humanity. We’re planning to incorporate this into next year’s summer vacation, possibly in Louisiana or Mississippi.

  3. 3 amandajean January 25, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    what a great great idea!

  4. 4 martha January 26, 2008 at 7:23 am

    I’m speechless.
    You and your children are amazing.

  5. 5 Di January 26, 2008 at 8:43 am

    Sounds like a great idea and I am glad that you did write about it on your craft blog!

  6. 6 amber January 30, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    This is a really, really neat idea. I have an almost-four-year-old girl, and we would love to do something like this. You’ve got me thinking.

    I came across your blog via Molly’s miniswap–I’m your partner–yay! Can’t wait to get in touch!

  7. 7 prairie daze January 30, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    we were given the christmas gift of a goat in our name…so special. i love this organization…

    glad to have visited your blog!

  8. 8 mary January 31, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    I love this idea. One year I entered a llama from Heifer International in our family grab bag. It didn’t go over to well. Selfish bunch, hurumph. I am quite impressed by the addition of the cafe press site.

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