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K.T. gave me a wonderful present.  Here’s a picture of what it is:

It’s a donation to Heifer International.  They’re (according to the note attached to this picture) a nonprofit that alleviates hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation through gifts of food and income producing farm animals and training. These animals provide a source of protein, such as eggs and milk, for children and generate income for families through the sale of animal products. Since 1944 Heifer has helped over 4 million families in 125 countries become self-reliant. Each family “passes on the gift” by giving one or more of its animal’s offspring to another family in need.

I don’t think they’re going to get many eggs or much milk from this little bunny.  But I bet they’re going to get a lot more bunnies, and enough fuzzy hair to knit themselves a cow.

By the way, I got many other really great presents and I want to thank you all—none of them had such a great picture to go with it, though perhaps I’ll post some video of the dancing barking robot iPod dog soon.



 
 

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