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Every Sunday we highlight some of the people who are funding our work creatively or helping us spread the word of our mission online. If you spot Heifer International while you’re surfing the web or know of a fun or creative fundraising effort, please share it with us here in the comments.

Swipe Out Starvation Photo credit: The Living Principles

Now this is a great idea:  Swipe Out Starvation, started by students, gives students the choice to allocate unused food allowance credits to hunger-relief efforts instead of buying unnecessary items just to use up their credits before they expire. Purdue tried the program for a week in 2011, and within five days, and $1,300 was donated to a local food bank and Heifer International.

If you are around the Chattanooga, Tennessee, area on March 24, be sure to attend St. Luke UMC's Easter Egg Hunt to benefit Heifer.

I came across this story of Dr. Camille DeClementi, who paid off her student loan payments in 2011 and decided to use that money in 2012 to donate $50 to a different charity each month, including Heifer International.

Livestock Market Photo credit:

The children and youth of St. Thomas More held a livestock market to share with parishioners the gifts each animal provides when you give through Heifer. Booths were set up in the parish hall to share how pigs, sheep, goats, llamas, rabbits, chickens, honeybees, water buffalo, trees and heifers can help the rural poor throughout the world. Those attending were asked to donate the full price or funds toward the purchase of livestock or tree seedlings.

Forest Park Elementary Photo credit:

"Last year in Mrs Riley's class, we bought a goat. This year I think we can buy something bigger. How about a heifer?" This comment from a 4th grader at Forest Park Elementary, right here in Little Rock (where Heifer International headquarters lives), sparked a classroom project that will change a family's life.


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.