Young Philanthropist Discovers Joy Of Sharing

Young Philanthropist Discovers Joy Of Sharing



Philanthropist Ellie Guettler of​ Atlanta recently wrote a​ $500 check to​ help Heifer International fight hunger. Her gift provided two milking water buffaloes for​ an​ impoverished family. What is​ unusual about that? Ellie is​ only 5 years old. Ellie is​ not alone. Children are responsible for​ contributing more than $1 million​ a​ year to​ Heifer International, which has been providing cows, goats, chickens, sheep and​ other animals to​ families in​ 50 countries around the world for​ more than 60 years. These animals allow the families to​ have milk, eggs, wool honey, and​ many other benefits.

Ellie's parents say they want to​ teach her the habit of​ sharing by contributing to​ Heifer because it​ is​ a​ simple, concrete way of​ helping to​ end world hunger.

"We want Ellie to​ do a​ service project every year as​ her birthday gift back to​ the world. She picked Heifer since we live in​ the city and​ she can't have farm animals of​ her own," said Katrina Guettler, Ellie's mother. "So she sent a​ birthday letter to​ all our neighbors and​ friends asking them to​ save their change."

Ellie collected $660 in​ quarters, nickels, dimes and​ pennies. as​ a​ thank-you​ gift for​ their contribution, she gave each person​ a​ handmade candle.

"We both learned that people are generous and​ want to​ make a​ difference, but sometimes they don't know how or​ they need motivation," Guettler said. "She also learned that a​ little bit of​ change, which we take for​ granted, can collectively make a​ big difference for​ someone with less opportunity."

Ellie likes to​ read the bestselling picture book "Beatrice's Goat" by Page McBrier that tells how a​ goat from Heifer International changed the life of​ a​ young girl in​ Uganda, and​ she knows the story by heart.

"I feel bad that so many kids don't have food and​ can't go to​ school, so I hope that if​ I help a​ Heifer project, they can have food and​ go to​ school like Beatrice," says Ellie.

Children can participate in​ raising funds for​ Heifer International by reading books, making and​ selling bookmarks, hosting bake sales, or​ making donation​ cans with pictures of​ animals from Heifer's holiday catalog to​ help collect money toward the purchase of​ gift animals.

They can also see farm animals and​ learn about solutions to​ world hunger on​ visits to​ Heifer's three hunger education​ centers in​ Arkansas, Massachusetts and​ California.




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