When it comes to birthdays, people wish for all kinds of things — clothes, cars, gift cards. Singer Cody Belew’s birthday wish, though, is helping families live a life of self-reliance and poverty.

How? By ending hunger, one gift at a time. Belew, whose birthday is today (April 29) is asking fans, current and future, to forgo the traditional gift and buy him instead some chicks, some ducks, trees, a goat or even a cow through partner organization Heifer International.

Belew, whose single “Say Love” is the anthem of his support of Heifer and its work in more than 40 countries worldwide (download it on iTunes and a portion of the proceeds go to Heifer), is asking his fans to join his team, Team Cody here.

There, they can purchase animals or make a donation to honor him for his birthday. For more information, click here.