Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Adopting An Elephant

Giving A Unique Gift This Year

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Elephant Image from Pixabay.com
In my last post I spoke of my granddaughter and her passion to save the elephants. Besides the gift of the stuffed elephant that I plan to give her, I came up with another gift idea. I have adopted an elephant in her name. 

How does one adopt an elephant you may be thinking. It is actually very easy to do. Obviously, one doesn't actually take on an elephant to raise. The adoption is really a creative use of words for a donation to help in the conservation and protection of elephants in Africa and Asia. I chose to donate the money to the World Wildlife Fund as a gift to my precious little 5 year old granddaughter as one of her Christmas gifts. 

This may seem like an unusual gift for a child but she isn't a typical 5 year old. After having visited Disney World this last spring the one thing she came home with was the desire to save the slaughter of elephants for their tusks. It has occurred to me that not only is this the perfect gift for her this year but one that I can continue to give each year. It is a gift that can be given to someone who feels passionately about saving the endangered species of wildlife across the globe. You can choose from several types of animals, not just the elephant through The World Wildlife Fund which has helped protect wildlife for over 50 years. 

Another option for helping elephants is the International Elephant Foundation. Donations to this organization also help to protect the elephants. The IEF operates conservation and education programs in the wild and facilities to protect, manage and perform scientific research. The foundation was formed in 1998 in Fort Worth, Texas when there was a lack of reputable organizations for this very purpose.

We so often think of giving our children and grandchildren toys, books and clothing as a gift. There is nothing wrong with that at all. I just wanted to do something different this year and making a donation for the elephants will really mean something to my sweet little granddaughter. I think it will be a gift that she will remember for many years. 

I also want to clarify that the links that I have provided in this post are not affiliate links which means that there is no monetary gain for me when you visit the sites. If you choose to donate to either of them, all of the donation goes to the organization. This post is just a way to make a suggestion for a unique and different gift that you can give to someone special in your life who is passionate about saving our wildlife whether it is an elephant, rhinoceros, orangutan or any other endangered species.  




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5 comments:

  1. Beverly, adopting an elephant in your granddaughter's name is a wonderful idea for a gift. And for a little girl who already feels passionate about the plight of the elephant, your adoption gift will make her know she is helping to save this wonderful beast.

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  2. What an absolutely perfect gift for your granddaughter! I'm sure there are many people of all ages who would love to know someone donated to one of these organizations to help save elephants. I'm so excited about your granddaughter's future. You're setting a wonderful example for her. Congratulations!

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  3. What a wonderful and thoughtful gift for your granddaughter. Saving elephants is high on my list of important issues too. I already adopted one years ago and continue to help. They are such amazing animals. My fave besides birds. The female elephant is wonderfully kind and caring. I could go on and on about them.

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  4. What a fabulous gift to give your granddaughter Bev! I have always loved the WWF donation options because they sent adoption kits to the gift recipient. I did that for many years for our children when they were young. Not sure why I ever stopped because they still love the animals. For me, this is an excellent reminder to give the gift of a donation to WWF or another reputable charity. I know your granddaughter will love her gift. How very thoughtful, encouraging and supportive of you.

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  5. I think this is a very appropriate gift, since your granddaughter has already shared her passion for saving the elephants. If, as Cynthia says, they also send an adoption kit, your granddaughter will have something to show her friends that might also get them interested in saving these beautiful creatures.

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