Thieves steal girl's goat money for families in third world countries


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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 9/20/2013 9:55 am Published: 9/19/2013 7:52 pm



A Broken Arrow family's home was left in shambles after it was ransacked by burglars. It happened Monday afternoon near Hot Springs Street and Lions Avenue in Broken Arrow.

Although their house was turned upside down, one item that was stolen hit Saundra and Jason Owen's young daughter especially hard.

Bella Owen was getting ready to celebrate her ninth birthday on Tuesday. However, Monday night put a damper on her celebration. Burglars hit the family home and completely ransacked everything.

"I saw everything that was in the closet on the floor, and I saw stuff that was in my room in the living room," she says.

Bella's father Jason tells FOX23 that his little girl wasn't upset about her room or the toys she had lost. Instead, she ran to her mother concerned about something else.

"My daughter ran to her and said, they took my goat money," says Jason.

Instead of birthday gifts, Bella had asked her friends and family to give her money to help buy a goat for families living in third world countries.

A goat can sustain a family for a long time.

The is an excerpt from the website, www.shepherdshill.org which allows people to Give A Goat to others in need:

"There are many other types of livestock raised throughout the Philippines. However, no animal provides more output and diverse material for such a low amount of overhead and space requirements as goats. Healthy female goats can produce two offspring each year.

The goat provides milk, manure, and offspring—all of which have residual income sources. Goats are also easily upgraded with simple breeding programs. A native goat can be purchased for a very modest price and can be bred with a higher grade of goat. Therefore, its offspring will be of better quality than the mother. So only after one cycle of pregnancy the goats produced within our program will make more money than what was spent on the initial goat.

Goats require very little space to live and produce. This works very well with the sometimes scattered and limited terrain found in the Philippines. Goats are also known for eating just about anything. The fact that goats aren't particularly picky eaters makes feeding them simpler and cheaper."

For Bella, it was a way to give to others who have nothing.

"Well one of my dad's really good friends did this thing at his church and it's called Give A Goat, and I just really liked the idea so I asked my mom and dad if I could do that for my birthday," she says.

Bella had saved nearly $200 in her piggy banks. It was enough to buy four goats, but the thieves took that, too.

She tells FOX23 a house torn apart can be rebuilt, but there are families counting on her and she doesn't want to let them down.

"I thought it was a really good idea to help other people and I don't need anything else," says Bella.

As her family works to put their lives back together, Bella is hoping people will give to her goat fund so that she can continue her birthday mission of giving others a new lease on life.

"Three guys tried to do bad, but one girl is going to do so much more good," says her father.

For more information about the Give A Goat program, just log onto www.shepherdshill.org. If you would like to donate a goat to a family in need, please mention Bella Owen.



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karlschneider - 9/20/2013 8:39 PM
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Which 'god' are you referring to? None of the thousand or so that people have invented ever managed to do anything useful or even detectable...

Mayor Maynot - 9/20/2013 10:23 AM
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If that don't get your goat. God bless this little girl and protect her from future tragedy. Maybe she could use a little help from the FDIC
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