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This post was written by Tracey Chesser, Director-Heifer Village.

Celebrating the past and present commitments of congregations, Heifer Village debuted new activities for families and provided opportunities for visitors to learn about Heifer at its inaugural Congregation Appreciation Day on Saturday, July 27.

Activities for Congregation Appreciation Day were built around Animal Crackers, one of Heifer's free resources for programs or study groups. Visitors participated in the Pigs Super Sniffer game where they tried to identify vegetables by smell while blind-folded, and learned more about Heifer's 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development and the use of livestock through Heifer Bingo. Other activities included working with fiber to create friendship bracelets and creating a lively mural.

Perry Jones, executive director/social entrepreneur for Heifer's USA Program, delivered a powerful presentation of Heifer's work in the United States.

This marked the first Congregation Appreciation Day at Heifer Village. Heifer Ranch will hold a similar event this fall, and Heifer Village is working on another event for Spring 2014.

View photos from the event in the slideshow below, or see them on our Flickr page.


Linda Meyers

Linda Meyers, an Arkansas transplant originally from St. Louis, Mo., started working at Heifer International in 2011. She enjoys dragging her three children on nature hikes and snapping photos of them and everything around her. She has a bachelor’s degree in English has been “in the process” of writing the great American novel for 24 years.