Celebration of Living Gifts at Heifer Learning Centers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Nov 21, 2011) – Show kids the real meaning of generosity this season with a fun-filled day at either Heifer Village in Little Rock, or Overlook Farm in Rutland, Mass. At Heifer International's Celebration of Living Gifts on December 3, children can see how the gift of a goat, llama or camel to one hungry family can help end hunger and poverty.

Those who attend can enjoy a day full of family fun and crafts. At Heifer Village, animals from Heifer's own ranch in Perryville will be in attendance. You can create your very own Alternative Gift Coupon Book to use throughout the year, featuring animals like goats, llamas and water buffalos. Kids can play a game matching animals with the countries where they're used. Take a Green Building Tour and learn what Heifer does to protect the environment. Find unique fair-trade items from around the world at Shop@Heifer.

At Overlook Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts, families can enjoy a special farm day and get the chance to help real farmers around the world on December 3. Visitors can enjoy a winter hayride in the Global Village, and immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of cultures from all corners of the world. Stop in one of the villages for some seasonal crafting fun, and then warm up with an old-fashioned New England treat: chestnuts roasting on an open fire! Enjoy hot cocoa, cider, baked goods and hearty home-made soups. Children will have the chance to decorate and eat their own animal gingerbread cookies. You can even purchase cuts of beef and lamb raised right on the Farm.

At both sites, families can shop the Living Gift Market. Learn about Heifer gifts that keep on giving, and take the opportunity to give an animal gift on behalf of a loved one. You will receive a handsome card to give away, but more importantly, a hungry family will receive hope for a better future. You can also find unique fair-trade items from around the world at Shop@Heifer, along with Heifer books and merchandise.

There is no admission charge at the Dec. 3 events. At Overlook Farm, visitors are invited from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are asked to bring canned goods to be donated to the Worcester County Food Bank. At Heifer Village, families are welcome from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Celebration of Living Gifts is a great chance to teach children about people and animals all over the world, and about the real meaning of the season: caring for others.

About Heifer International
Heifer's mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in 50 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant.