New West residents urged to give roosters as gifts

A charity is asking New Westminster residents to donate a rooster for Christmas.

It’s an unconventional gift, to be sure.

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“You’d probably be more than a little surprised to wake up on Christmas morning to a crowing rooster under your tree,” says a news release from World Vision. “For countless children around the world getting a rooster would be one of the best gifts they could ever imagine. Now more and more Canadians are making this a reality.”

The biggest reason why giving a rooster is such a good present for families around the world struggling in poverty is it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

A chicken can lay up to 250 eggs per year, providing food for families struggling to put food on the table.

You can do this through the World Vision Gift Catalogue.

“There are many gifts to choose from, like goats, pigs or chickens, access to clean water, and education supplies,” said the news release. “Beautiful hand-crafted gifts help support artisans around the world and are unique gifts to put under the tree. These gifts will continue to make a difference in the lives of children well after the Christmas season is done.” 

Equipped with a kit and hives, beekeepers can produce up to 50 kilos of honey a year to sell or trade.

One alpaca can produce up to 5 kilos of wool annually over a 15- to 20-year lifespan. And two alpacas can produce a baby each year. But farmers need to watch their step – they spit when they’re upset!

One healthy heifer produces up to 20 glasses of protein-rich milk daily. Income from milk, yogurt, cheese, butter and beef can help pay for things like school fees, clothing, medicine and more.

Visit worldvision.ca/gifts for more information.

 

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