Goats in the pipeline

Hi everyone, I just received a scanned copy of the letter to our donor with the CRF donations confirmed.  Some of you will recognize your names here, and some will recognize the gifts you chose, with you mentioned only as “anonymous readers of Julia’s blog.” Just thought some of you might like to see this.  In converting it to a JPG file to paste here, I lost some of the clarity, so you can view the original PDF here.  For those who don’t know what this is about, click on “Celebrate (again)” above, and/or read this summary of our recent celebration.  I’ll post letters from the other recipients if/when I get copies of them.  THANKS again to all who made this possible!

CRF Letter


  1. Bobby

    It is thrilling to see the gifts in the pipeline. We are working on our Mittens and Toys project, getting ready to give food and gifts to local needy families. We have quite a party for the families with gifts of clothing, toys, and food. Have a happy Thanksgiving.

    • Bobby, that sounds like so much fun! BTW, we are really enjoying the beautiful handmade blanket your church group sent us. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving too!

  2. Good morning, Julia and team! While “goats in the pipeline” sounds like a serious clogging issue (we’ve all heard how stubborn they can be!), I was delighted to read this letter. Congratulations to everyone who played a part in orchestrating this beautiful movement!

    • Thank you Susan! I’m so happy you were part of it. As you could probably tell from the video, we had a lot of fun with it.

  3. Ann

    Hi Julia, thanks for sharing this letter. It’s amazing – and gratifying – to see how much good is being done with $1,000. Thanks again to your donor and to you for organizing this event.


    • Ann, thank YOU for being part of it! It was so much fun.

  4. Julia… a wonderful gift to help CRF, I’m proud to be a part of your celebration!
    🙂 🙂 blessings,

    • Thank you Merry! I am so happy you were able to be there!

    • Thank you Merry! I am so happy you were able to be there!

  5. MaryAnn

    Thank you for posting this, Julia. We have enjoyed being a donor to CRF for years. You started us on this wonderful journey when you “gave” us a sewing machine (thru CRF to a girls’ home). It was to honor our wedding anniversary, which made me feel overjoyed that you knew me well enough to understand that type of gift was much more significant than things/stuff. Each year we buy chickens, goats, cows, tools, or a portion of build a school for our grandchildren & their close friends. One of the young friends named his goat, “Samantha”, & hung the picture of a child & a goat that I cut from the CRF brochure on his bulletin board! Success! I love your heart!!!

    • Mary Ann, of course it is mutual — I love the story about Samantha the goat. YES I knew you would like the sewing machine idea 😀 but we have sort of gotten the impression that not everyone is crazy about a charitable donation given in lieu of a gift, so we try to be very careful about choosing to whom we send such “gifts.” But most of us have so much already, in terms of material goods, and besides, a goat never needs dusting! Especially when it’s someone else’s goat!

  6. Rene

    Reading the letter made me want to cry—even though this wasn’t my charity. Julia, you throw the best parties! Btw, I got my chocolate, etc, on Thursday. Thanks a bunch!

    • Thank you Rene! I’m so happy you liked the celebration, and I’m glad you got your package too. 😀

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