Donation Day

Maya and her friends in The Donators met today at our house to wrap up three months of fund-raising for Heifer International.   Their goal was $500.   After the final tally they’d raised $366 with their own donations and through donation jars they placed at our store and at a local bakery.   Then, thanks to Joshua and his partners at Arties, who agreed to match whatever funds the kids raised, they wound up with $740.

I can’t tell you how much fun it is to watch a group of kids get so excited about giving.   They chose a heifer (of course) a goat, some chicks, ducks and a few trees with the money they raised.     If you’d like to read about it in their words, go to .

Tomorrow begins their next three month fund-raising push.   This time they’ve chosen Smile Train as their charity.   Smile Train provides cleft palate surgeries to children in third world countries whose parents cannot afford it.  At only $250 per surgery, this is not an expensive procedure, so the kids want to raise $500 and buy two of them.

Watching this group of kids, who range in age from 7 to 12,  discuss the charities they want to put on their list for the months to come, I think that if only more people could get excited about helping others, rather than spending so much time complaining about their own situation, the world would be a much better place.

About Amy

Amy Milstein was born and raised on a farm in Indiana, but after 20+ years considers herself a full-fledged New Yorker. She is married with two kids, who do not go to school but are instead life learners. This means they learn by living in the world (real life ) instead of hearing about it and simulating it in a classroom. With her family, Amy loves to travel, read, watch movies, write, sew, knit - the list is endless.
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