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Something Different this Christmas – Give a Cow!

In the past few years, a new Christmas tradition has emerged. The funky Christmas jumper. It has become the uniform of any 12 Pubs of Christmas, schools and workplaces hold their own Christmas jumper days, and nothing makes you feel more Christmassy than rocking a festive jumper while munching on mince pies.

Now, even the cows are embracing the Christmas jumper fashion, thanks to the Send a Cow charity in the UK!


Gloria the cow’s fashion statement is part of an effort to raise awareness about the Send a Cow charity, which aims to make a difference to poverty-stricken people in Africa. The Send a Cow initiative offers people the chance to do something different when it comes to buying gifts.

You can give a family anything from a supply of milk to the ability to care for their donkeys, or the popular ‘Tip Tap,’ which improves hygiene levels for the bargain price of £10/ €12.65.

There is also the option to buy a stove, a goat, a sofa or a vegetable box. Gifts start from as little as £5, which is the same price as a coffee and mince pie. These gifts can really make a real difference in a family’s life.

See the full list of items here-

This is the 13th year of the charity’s Christmas catalogue and over the years they have raised over eight million pounds to help poor families.

You can read this lovely article about the people of Mwaro Burundi receiving their cows in November:


“…The group were about to receive cows after a year of working hard on their farms through training in sustainable farming and animal management.

As we were stopped about two miles from the village to wait for some colleagues to join us, I got out of the car and in the distance I could hear drumming. There was a man on the side of the road and I asked what the drumming was for.

‘There’s an organisation giving out cows today!….’


One great thing about Christmas, aside from all the pretty lights, the amazing food, gift-giving and spending time with loved ones, is the reminder that not everyone has it so easy. There is something about Christmas that makes you want to do more for others.

This Christmas, why not consider giving someone a gift that has the power to truly make a difference in someone’s life?


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    Noelle McNamara
    December 16, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Lovely post especially at this time of the year…we used to always raise money for this type of charity in primary and secondary school.
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    December 16, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    I think this is a great way to give and have done it a few times myself in the form of a flock of geese. Also a great present for those who have everything. Chances are they don’t have a cow or goose in Africa 🙂
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    Jacqueline Gum (Jacquie)
    December 16, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    This is a fantastic gift…a wonderful giving thing that has such long lasting effects for so many. Super!
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    December 17, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Hello Christine, Charity in any form is appreciable. The idea looks very interesting. Such initiatives are indeed the need of the hour.
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    December 17, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Hi Christine – so glad you brought attention to this cause – it is such a wonderful one. Though I haven’t participated this year myself – other commitments – I have talked it up a lot. Isn’t it neat, giving a cow, a goat or like Tim, a flock of geese. These benefit both the person in whose name your giving and the recipient. Have a wonderful Christmas.
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    Ken Dowell
    December 17, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. This and similar charities represent a far more thoughtful and conscientious approach to gift giving than say an ugly Christmas jumper.
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    William Rusho
    December 17, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    What a wonderful charity. I think this is probably one of the most unique, and useful charities I have heard about. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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    Meredith Wouters
    December 18, 2014 at 1:10 am

    I love this idea! My kids and I are going to start small with a chicken this year. I doubt it comes with a Christmas sweater though…
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    Eve Koivula
    December 18, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    We’ve done this several years in a row, donating our budget to charities like this. We’re adults and do just fine getting a card.
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    December 19, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Its really a nice post and great effort to motivate many to open their hands for those who are deprived of many basic necessaries of life.

    Thank you for sharing and reminding .
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    Marquita Herald
    December 20, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Do they actually give live cows? I’m just asking because I know other charities use farm animals as symbols and don’t actually give the live animal to the recipients. In fact comedian Ricky Grevais does a hilarious skit about receiving a gift from friends – a card saying they donated a goat in his name. Anyway, I’m a huge fan and supporter of KIVA so I think this sounds like a very worthwhile cause!
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