Update! With your help, we were able to buy 6 hives, and raised a total of $180 dollars. Thank you so much!!! :)

A very wise person once said:

“It’s much better to give than to receive.”

And honestly, without giving there would *be* no


It’s all part of the rhythm of life, and what better

time to give back than during the holiday season?

As you know I’m passionate about beekeeping, and

one of my favorite charity programs is by Heifer International.

They have a wonderful program that provides an entire hive

(and training) for only $30 to a struggling family anywhere

from Uganda to El Salvador.

If you find yourself compelled by this great program

feel free to donate whatever amount of money you feel

comfortable giving.

As a group I would personally be absolutely ecstatic if we

could buy 10 hives. (That would be $300 total.)

I’m pitching in the first $50.

I’m excited to get this ball rolling.

Get in the holiday spirit and lets help out 10 struggling

families by getting them some hives today!

Thanks! And happy holidays!


12 Responses to “Help Struggling Familes Earn Income With Bees (We Donated $180)”

  1. Mrs. Stepan

    When, (and while), there are unskilled or wrongly-skilled citizens in the U.S.A. that can’t get a job, I won’t help out a competing nation of “welfare receipients” get ahead. What’s the name of an organization that will help one of our OWN start a business with the bee hives?

    Very Sincerely,
    Mrs. Stepan

  2. Denise Topper

    Yikes! Mrs. Stepan.

    On the whole, compared to developing countries, we are doing pretty well in the USA. Very rarely do you see here the debilitating poverty that you can see in the countries where Heifer International operates – and certainly not at the number of people.

    Sometimes we Americans can be mean-spirited in our nationalism. Color me stupid if you will, but I think when any one of us are suffering, then the rest of suffer, too.

    I am inspired to donate for bee-keeping, in the honor of Mrs. Stepan.

  3. Laurie Riley

    We’re all on this one tiny planet together. When you help a neighbor, you help yourself and all those around you. My grandmother used to say – ” if you save one person, you save a universe” – how much more awesome an act can there be than that?

  4. Erin Nelson

    Hmmm… perhaps if a family can sustain themselves in their own country, they may be less likely to have a need to come here. Did you think of that? Even the bible says we should help our neighbor, which is NOT the same as a hand-out, which you so obviously discourage. Half a tank of gas is not a bad price to pay to help another human being who’s willing to put in the work to help themselves.

  5. larry corliss

    I must say perhaps I was a bit hasty in my critique of your insensitivity regarding the all mighty dollar as you are willing to help others in other countries. Maybe you live in a good community, prosperous etc. You dont see the number of people starving or living on the streets here in america. Obviously, this beekeeping business is for someone stable, owning or renting a home. What are you willing to donate for them? Before you think Im some soapbox jerk, I personally give children of unfortunate circumstances,drug addict parents, school supplies, clothes, bedding, food, whatever I can afford, after all they are the future.When I was in prison, I was on the literacy council, teaching others to read, while in prison I aquired 5 state licenses in water/wastewater fields as well as 87 educational units from a Calif state University. I tour young people through water and wastewater plants to educate them about the processes. I have been a pillar of the community since doing time. My most important asset is willingness to give without a price for my knowledge or experience…Public health and safety demand it.

  6. watson, steven

    i’ve always been interested in honey bees, now i’m a disabled man have to stay home all the time so thought it was time for one or two hives to start out with and see how i do, but have a hard time affording this, so maybe it will remain a dream of mine so ya’ll enjoy what you do, and please never forget me. steve watson

  7. terry

    Me and my husband are on a fixed income, and are very excited to start raising honey bees. First for the honey, second to make candles, soap, and other bees wax items, third but not least, health reasons, everyone in this area suffers from allergies from pollen and no one produces honey from this area. We have some money to get started and could get a loan for the rest. What I am trying to do is put together a list of everything and total cost. Hope you can help me with this. I will be watching your 50 minute vedio this evening, looking forward to it! Thanks

  8. Daryl T

    so im low income & used to help in the bee yard a lot! Now i am trying to start a hive wow the cost of a package of bees is more then i can spend after buying & makeing a hive. How do i find help ? I can use help getting back in to beekeeping (blancogold67@yahoo.com) i know i can make money on all kinds of bee products. Thank you! Daryl T.

  9. Daryl T

    So the eases way i can think of helping struggling familys that i know is to give “new books & dvds ” to are librarys (port orford library p.o. Box 130 port orford or.97465 ) not all librarys have a lot of money for dvds in there budgets ! Thanks you . This is were i look for info but thy do not have a lot of new books with new info.

  10. Daryl T

    Wow just got my hive kit! it shure cost a lot (got 2 deeps 2 mediums with frames and wax foundation a qeewn excluder,beebrush,hive tool)i know i need more but im’e buying as i can put out money on it!Looking for used stuff ! HELP.

  11. Ken Blair

    As human beings, it is our obligation to help another human being in need of help, whoever they are or wherever they live. You can always help in some large or small way. If you were in another country, wether on vacation, passing through or for any reason. If you encountered someone in a desperate need would you help in some way or just walk away?

  12. Ray Felix

    Mrs. Stepan, you are to be commended for making a negative experience useful and positive, especially your interest in our children. But I have to tell you, your looking at the charity above and helping families in 3rd world countries through rose colored glasses.
    In my own situation, I used to earn $1,200 a week driving long distance truck, but due to some brain aneurysms, I had to take a forced retirement and now find myself living on $900 a month. It’s a real challenge surviving on what little money I get, and embarrasing when you get to the check out and the cashier puts in a dime because you just don’t have it.
    But I’m not bitter or complaining because we as Americans have food stamps, programs for drug dependency, food pantries and so many more programs for the homeless and less fortunate.
    The families trying to survive in some of these 3rd world countries don’t have the many programs we do to survive. Imagine what it must be like in the horn of Africa, watching your child die of starvation in your arms, because there just isn’t any food. Or imagine what it’s like walking great distances for days with your children, just to get a small bowl of rice.Now imagine what a huge difference a free bee hive would make to some of these folks.
    I’ve always tried to live my life in the pay-it-forward attitude, helping whomever, whenever and wherever. And I will survive my situation because I live in the greatest country in the world, a very generous country at that. I would love to have even a few dollars to donate, but right now I don’t have it. But I’m in the process of changing my situation with an aquaponics greenhouse(for our starving families)and as many bee hives as I can get.You need an attitude adjustment!


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