Working from home, I find myself involuntarily looking out the window when I see movement from the corner of my eye. One man stands out. I’ve tried a few times to chat with him, but he remains nameless — either out of shyness or purpose. Perhaps both. He always walks with a stick and a plastic bag. With each mile, he cleans up the community. One less water bottle, one less candy or sandwich wrapper — he inspires me to do the same. His little, constant actions add up to a big reduction in community garbage.
It got me to thinking. What are the “little things” in the FH catalog to give this Easter?
If I wanted to add one more thing to my kids’ Easter basket (to honor the children who may not even have bread much less an abundance of candy), what would I purchase? While we have many gifts available for under $20, my favorites are the plastic shoes, tree seedlings, and pile of poo.
We have an abundant variety of shoes in American stores. It’s cultural for us to wear them. But in many countries, people go barefoot out of practicality and cost. Certain barefoot countries are susceptible to intestinal worms in the soil. While FH provides deworming medicine, the best option would be to not get this parasite in the first place … by wearing shoes!
Pictures of a tree that provides food delight me … to be able to just reach up and pick an edible gift. This gift, however, provides more than a happy belly. Well-tended trees produce an abundance of food which results in self-sustaining income for a family. Trees also help re-forest areas that have suffered from floods and droughts, helping retain vital topsoil for crop production and recharging water tables for village wells.
Like Chubby Cheeks, Pile of Poo is fun to say to a child. But it is a serious gift. One family struggled to grow beans, those simple bags of dried beans I can buy for $1 at the local grocery store. On their best year before FH, this family harvested 67 pounds (67 bags). After joining a program with FH and using these piles of poo, they are now able to produce nearly 1,000 pounds each season. They are able to feed their children two meals a day now!
What “stocking stuffer” would you like to add to your Easter basket? It’s not too late!