If you're like me, the words "sheep" and "Christmas" are inextricably linked.
Although sheep have been witness to many important historical events...
...none comes close to this moment in history when - yes - the sheep was once again on the short-list for attendance:
And so, in the spirit of "yakking it forward," I am very pleased to announce that, in association with Oxfam America and the Oxfam Collection, I am giving away a sheep.
You know, a sheep. About yay high with wistful brown eyes and a really thick sweater?
Through the Oxfam Collection, one can donate vital livestock and other supplies directly to the people who need it and where it will have the greatest impact with the goal of improving the lives of people living in poverty.
How It Works
Once the contest winner is selected, the sheep will be sent not to that person's houseboat/chateau/de-luxe apartment in the sky...but rather directly to an impoverished village where this little fleecy critter will change lives by allowing locals - especially women - to create their own income as well as provide wool for local textiles.
The contest winner then gets to:
- Officially dedicate their gift to a loved one.
- Bask in the warm holiday fuzzies of having improved the lives of some people in severe need.
- Lord their generous philanthropy over others, which is perhaps the greatest gift of all, yes?
Simply leave a comment below that includes some kind of sheep-related pun, the more awful the better! For example:
I know ewe can do it! (See what I did there?)
Comments must be in before noon on Sunday, December 12.
The winner will be chosen by random drawing and announced here on Monday, December 13.
To Oxfam America for inviting me to participate in this campaign to help raise awareness of their collection of charitable gifts and for providing my giveaway sheep (whom I have dubbed "Maurice").
If you find yourself at a loss for gift ideas this season, or you're interested in adding a charitable aspect to your gifting, I hope you'll take a moment to visit the Oxfam website. Here you can learn more about this organization's work to eradicate poverty and browse an extensive selection of life-changing charitable gifts.
In the meantime, I think I can speak for Maurice when I say: