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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.

This past week, Covenant Presbyterian Church in Albany, GA, hosted a number of events including a car wash, luncheon, and barbecue dinner in an effort to raise an amount equivalent to 10 percent of its operating budget for missions it supports regionally, nationally and internationally, including Heifer International.

Kenya Photo credit: Texas to the Thames

Last month this blogger took her 6th grade daughter on a photo safari to Kenya. She writes about how her visit impressed upon her the need to make a donation to Heifer International.

Calvary's children have been collecting money to donate to Heifer International. Ella Chipley, one of these kids, explains the effort much clearer than we ever could:

Heifer International was one of 19 nonprofits to benefit from the third annual Shiver Elk River Shiver Plunge. Nearly 80 jumpers braved the cold to raise $12,000 in pledges that go to the charity of their choosing.

A nursery, Rich’s Foxwillow Pines, known for it's unique trees and new ideas, such as a Dr. Seuss-inspired village and a Jurassic Park creation, is taking part in the Chicago Flower & Garden show through today, March 17. Best of all, any profits they make from the show will be donated to Heifer, so if you like gardening and are in Chicago you might want to check them out.

Pigtails Photo credit: Wrap It Up in Reynolds

Addison went all out for Pig Day at All Saints Episcopal School on March 1. The day of fun, which also raised money for Heifer, included a pig art contest, pig tail contest (Addison's 'do pictured above won for Pre-K), pig races and pig snacks. Check out the blog for more pics from the day's activities.

Culture Night Photo credit: University News

More than 80 cultures were showcased at Culture Night, hosted by UMKC’s International Student Affairs Office. Students represented their homelands with dances, songs, skits and booths, and a raffle was held with money raised from ticket sales going to Heifer. “This is their [international students] event and their ideas,” Sandy Gault, director of International Student Affairs at UMKC, said. “Raising money for charity helps them realize what they can do for others. It becomes ingrained in their minds that they can make a difference.”

Third grade students in Lucy Swecker's class at Academy Primary School in Buckhannon raised an impressive $625.40 through Read to Feed to buy a heifer, three rabbits, a flock of chickens and a flock of ducks through Heifer. "I am so proud of each and every one of these kids," Swecker said. So are we.

Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School South Easton, Massachusetts, held its 2nd Annual Arts Appreciation Night with a play, robotics exhibits, student presentations and much more. The Design and Visual Communications Honors Society, in conjunction with the Innovation Academy, sold buttons to benefit Heifer International.

Heronfield Academy's eighth graders in New Hampshire recently went well over their fundraising goal of $500 for Heifer. A matching gift allowed them to buy two cows, a Gardener's Basket, A Flock of Hope, Tree Seedlings, and a Share of Seedlings.



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.