Paul Hopper
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09 December 2004 @ 09:45:00
December 9th
My father would have been 55 years old today. As weird as it may sound to all of you, I got him a birthday gift. Sort of.

I went to and bought a goat.

Goats are Good for Families

Goat's milk is the only milk known to half the world's people, but 80 percent of mothers and children in rural areas do not have any type of milk or milk products. The gift of a dairy goat is a lasting, meaningful way to help a struggling family on the other side of the world.

Goats can thrive in extreme climates and on poor, dry land by eating grass and leaves. Your gift of a dairy goat can supply a family with up to several quarts of nutritious milk a day — a ton of milk a year.

Extra milk can be sold or used to make cheese, butter or yogurt. Families use goat manure to fertilize gardens. And because goats often have two or three kids a year, Heifer partners can start small dairies that pay for food, health care and education.

It's no wonder the gentle nanny goat is often called the "foster mother to the human race!"

A Hero's Story

Until Francia and her young grandson, Jose, received a goat from Heifer, hunger and poverty were all they had ever known in the Dominican Republic.

But with their animal, they found hope. The goat gave them plenty of milk and produced kids to sell for income.

One morning, as the goat started her third birthing, Jose noticed the goat having trouble. The young boy knew he had to help the nanny. If she died, his family would be set back dramatically.

Jose's training had taught him how a kid should be positioned in the womb. Using plastic bags as gloves, Jose carefully put his hands inside the nanny's womb and discovered one of the kid's legs was in the wrong position.

A few minutes after Jose moved the leg, the goat gave birth to healthy twins. When news of Jose's story spread, people came from throughout the village to see the young hero and his goats.
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Brandi [link] on December 8th, 2004 - 19:50:59 ET
It's not weird....
I think it's actually quite fitting. I think we all want to do something to preserve the legacies of those who have left us. Kudos to you for actually doing it.
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warmer than fire [link] on December 8th, 2004 - 21:37:58 ET
i second that. i think it's the best way to remember your father and pass love along to others. well done. take care.
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Brandi [link] on December 8th, 2004 - 21:39:13 ET
Sorry I missed you last night.

Hope all is well :)
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warmer than fire [link] on December 8th, 2004 - 21:46:20 ET
Re: Hey!
no worries. paul can attest that i was hardly entertaining company, i am approaching hibernation, and apparently cannot hang out past 7 pm. hope yr well too, we'll all have to get together again sometime.
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davesmith [link] on December 9th, 2004 - 03:12:13 ET
Paul, I'm more than sure that your Dad appreciates the thought that went into your gift for his birthday.
The thoughtfulness that you show with your choice of gift shows how he and your Mom brought you up and instilled great values in you.
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