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International Children's Day Photo by Dave Anderson, courtesy of Heifer International.

Many countries around the world are celebrating International Children's Day today, June 1. While the United States doesn't formally recognize today as a holiday, I'd like to commemorate it, because the world's hungry children are why we do what we do here at Heifer International. Any day we can recognize the weight of that commitment is a good day.

Every five seconds today, a child somewhere will die from a hunger-related cause. That's 16,000 in just one day. It will happen all over again tomorrow and the next day and the next. It's tragic and mind-blowing and preventable.

What can you do to stop it? Give. By donating to Heifer International, you help turn statistics like these into healthy children with a future.

Not committed to helping yet? Watch this slideshow below to see just a few of the millions of children Heifer International has been able to help through donations from people like you. Families who receive livestock and training from Heifer are able to feed their children nutritious meals, send them to school and pay for their medical care when needed.

Created with flickr slideshow.

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Brooke Edwards

Brooke Edwards is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and started working at Heifer International in 2009 as a writer. She and her husband raise two daughters in a house way too small for their four pets. They spend a lot of time sweeping.