Need a gift? Buy a goat!

As much as my family enjoys open gifts during the holidays, one present sticks out in my mind. It was a goat.

No, no one was bringing livestock into our living room in December – the goat was donated in our name to a family in a distant country through Heifer International. We were notified of it, and told of the benefits the goat would bring to the family – possibly the start of lifting them out of abject poverty by giving them the chance to sell goat’s milk, make goat cheese, etc.

Sitting comfortably in our home, it was heartwarming to learn that instead of adding to the collection of things in the house, a thoughtful gift that might mean the world to someone else had been given in our name.

If you’re pondering what presents to give loved ones this holiday season, you might want to attend the Ridgebury Congregational Church Missions Fair Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You can make a donation in your loved one’s name to one of the local, national and international organizations helping people in need that will be represented at the fair.

Heifer International will be represented, as well as Imbabazi Orphanage and Meals on Wheels of Ridgefield. You will also be able to purchase handmade jewelry or gifts from artisans around the world through 10,000 Villages.

So whether you want to donate livestock or wrap a pair of earrings that originated with someone working to improve their lot in life, stop by the fair and make it happen.

The event is taking place in Shields Hall, right across the road from the church, at the corner of Ridgebury Road and George Washington Highway in Ridgefield.

Carolyn Mueller