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It only happens once every 70,000 years, so we think it might be worth celebrating. This year, the start of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving are on the same day. Some folks are calling it Thanksgivukkah. And that's cool, sort of. At Heifer, we are thinking more along the lines of Thanks-Give-A-Cow. We like that better.

Long-time Heifer International supporter Ed Asner proclaims, “In celebration of the day of "Thanks-Give-A-Cow" this year, remember not to have a cow but rather give a cow! It is a moo-velous idea!”

Thanks, Ed! See more about what he and Royal Pains star Mark Feuerstein have to say here

Seriously though, the goal of Heifer at Hanukkah is to help children and families learn how the gift of giving is more than charity, it is providing self-reliance—that’s the highest level of tzedekah. And gifts of animals in Heifer's gift catalog this year reflect the Jewish teachings of tikkun olam or to "repair the world."

That sounds beautiful to us.

So from "L’dor v'dor" or "from generation to generation," Heifer International has been Passing on the Gift® at Hanukkah. On this day and this remarkable coincidence when Thanksgiving and Hanukkah coincide, we are happy to continue this tradition. So for Thanks-Give-A-Cow day, we hope you will join us.

Join Heifer at Hanukkah and the Thanks-Give-A-Cow celebration now.



Jessica Ford

Jessica Ford serves as the Global Communications Manager for Heifer International at its headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas. Ford joined Heifer in 2007 and soon transitioned into the executive office as Manager of Operations and Assistant to the COO. In 2012, she was relocated to Heifer's country office in Peru, as part of Heifer's first leadership development program giving her the unique opportunity to dive head first into Heifer's work "in the field" for a year. Now she is in Arkansas with her family where she loves watching her son play baseball, reading, rowing crew and drinking Dr Pepper.