Once a year, my catholic elementary would hand out “rice bowls” to collect money to fight poverty and hunger. Actually, we were handed a piece of cardboard and while we tore along the perforations and folded in alphabetical order, a nun would lecture us on how lucky we were to have jello while children all over the world were lucky to get a bowl of rice this size each day. The result was a rice bowl shaped piggy bank where our jello money went for a while. On the last day of the collection, everyone came in jingling to show how much money they had saved. It was really cool to an eight year old.
Decades later, I am equally excited to join Passports with Purpose, a travelblogger- driven fundraiser for Heifer International. As one of many travelers who have seen the faces of poverty, raising money for an organization that focuses on eliminating poverty and hunger by helping people become self-sufficient with concern for sustainability, will be as much fun as the rice bowl.
I want to get you equally excited to participate in this fundraiser. Rather than asking you to drop quarters in the rice bowl, I want you to win one of the fabulous prizes. Yes, you heard me right – you might win something really cool. Backpack to Buggy is proud to contribute:
Over $100 of products from Barefoot Books’ One World, One Planet collection for your little armchair travelers (or to take on the road). This prize includes ten books, a music CD, a puzzle and a travel journal. (Best for children under 5). Please check here for title details.
And there are lots more prizes from other travelbloggers. Click here for a full list of prizes. For each $10 donation, you will be entered into a raffle to win the prize you select. See a few prizes you want? Then make a few donations. The more you donate, the more Heifer International will be able to do to eliminate poverty.
How to you enter to win this or any of the other great prizes? Go to First Giving (http://www.firstgiving.com/passportswithpurpose) to make your raffle donation. Heads up: Be sure to enter your email address and the prize you want to win in the comments field, or you won’t be notified if you win! Winners will be selected and notified via email on December 30th, 2008.