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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.

Principal Heidi Dye Photo credit: KCBD

Students at Hutchinson Middle School raised more than $5,000 for Heifer International through the Read to Feed program, and an anonymous donor came forward to match their donation for a total of $11,200 dollars. The school celebrated at a school-wide assembly, where Principal Heidi Dye, along with two other teachers, had to kiss a heifer.

Eight-year-old Austin entrepreneur and founder of Beesweet Lemonade, Mikaila Ulmer, was honored by the Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce at the 2013 Small Business Awards Gala on February 22, 2013, as the Teenpreneur of the Year. Ulmer, a third-grader from Trinity Episcopal School, donates a portion of her proceeds from her business to Heifer International, to provide disadvantaged families with bees, equipment and training in beekeeping in the hopes that they can earn income through the sale of honey, beeswax and pollen.

If you happen to be near Valparaiso, Ind., check out the Open Mic Night and Concert on April 6, sponsored by the Cornerstone Youth Group and the Youth Board of Christ Lutheran Church. Admission is free, but proceeds from the sales of water and candy go to Heifer International.

The third graders from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Minnesota earned and collected $650 for Heifer International by collecting loose change and money from their families and friends, and even setting up a booth after parish masses. With their donation, they chose to donate a water buffalo, goat, pig, three rabbits, honeybees, two flocks of chicks and a flock of ducks and geese.

St. Stephen's School Photo credit: Post Independent

Students at St. Stephen's School in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, raised more than $2,600 for Heifer International through the St. Stephen's Parish annual Lenten season service project. Between the local church and school, nearly $7,000 was raised altogether.

Thanks to Baby Gizmo Blog for including Heifer among a list of 10 Amazing and Very Worthy Charities For You To Consider Donating To.


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.