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Dear Heifer International, Enclosed are multiple checks for Heifer International. Thank you for allowing us to extend a helping hand. The kids in Science Hill Friends Sunday School class, grades four through six, wanted to make a difference in the world, if only a small one. This year, instead of exchanging gifts with each other, we chose to raise money for Heifer International. The class wanted to raise enough money to purchase a cow for a family in need. They all agreed theyw ould not receive a gift from their teacher and vise versa and their project would be funded with that money. They made pottery plates and filled them with homemade cookies and designed a tee shirt ("Because I gave up one Christmas gift a family is able to eat for a month!"). Pottery plates/cookies and tee shirts were sold for $10 each. One hundred percent of the proceeds were donated to Heifer International. Our church, Science Hill Friends agreed to match whatever we raised. We raised $560.00, therefore there are check enclosed totaling $1,120.00. We appreciate this opportunity to learn, share and be grateful. Thank you! Friends, Haven, Hgnat, Kara, Kaley, Annabelle, Silas, Mackenzie & Tammy Submitted by Tammy G.
I received a Heifer catalog in the mail in October. I was struck with the idea of blessing a family on the other side of the world that I would never meet with a Christmas gift that could positively impact their lives; and I liked the idea of giving an actual animal--in my suburban Chicago life that is not the kind of gift we are accustomed to giving. I brought up the idea to my co-workers in the Palos Community Hospital Surgery and PACU departments and my fellow nurses, aides, supervisors, secretaries, and pharmacists all grabbed onto it and ran with it. Each payday we reminded each other to put aside just a little towards our goal of giving a Christmas cow. We kept a running tab of our donations on our “Heifer-ometer” in our staff lounge, and little by little we approached our goal. We passed the $500 mark in early December and my co-workers wanted to do more: “How much is a sheep--they give milk and wool, and how about chickens?” They just never stopped giving, and by Christmas we had decided to give a cow, sheep, pig, and 5 flocks of chicks with the $840 we all donated. I know that the world is a crazy place and that I can do little to change the violence that is so often in the news, but I couldn’t help but feel a little hope and joy that a bunch of unrelated people, who at times don’t even get along with each other, could come together and plant a little bit of peace in the world and do something together that we couldn’t accomplish individually. I was proud to be a part of it. May it continue in each of us. Rick Hultgen, RN Palos Community Hospital Surgery Department
I am happy to report that my first grade class raised $300 for our Read to Feed Christmas outreach project and read nearly 500 books. My big-hearted children did this in lieu of exchanging gifts with each other and some gave that money toward the program. Through their efforts, we were able to purchase 2 llamas which will provide annual income for 2 or more needy families in other countries. We learned about the various resources/animals available for purchase through Heifer throughout this process and about some of the children who have benefited from it across the globe. My class has been doing this for 5 years and loving it every year! Submitted by Casey Grier
I am a first grade teacher. As a part of our unit on cultures and holidays around the world, the other two first grade teachers and I ask the children to donate THEIR money (from their piggy banks or from chores) toward a donation for livestock purchase. This year the first graders of Conneaut Elementary School in Bowling Green, Ohio raised $145 dollars and were able to donate one goat and one flock of chicks. This is a great opportunity for the students to learn how important it is to give back! Submitted by Shannon K.
Ms. Ferry’s first grade class, along with 5 other first grade classes, listened to the story Beatrice’s Goat and wanted to do something to help villages like Beatrice’s. We performed services at home to earn “kid bucks” that we could bring back to school. Once we earned 100 kid bucks, our teacher sent a goat to a village in need through Heifer International. Altogether, the first grade classes at our school were able to send TEN goats! After earning our kid bucks, students wrote about their experiences and services they performed to earn their kid bucks. Their pages were put together into a book that is now published in our hallway. This is a picture of our board where we kept track of how many goats we earned. We also made books about how we earned our goats. We hope our goats help many families! Submitted by Marissa Ferry, Ashleigh Barraco & Laura Atkinson
Each year, our K-8 school does a service project. This November, our service project was to read and share the book, Beatrice’s Goat with each of the grades. The students were inspired by Beatrice’s story, as well as learning that their gift would bring lasting positive change to children and families around the world. They excitedly gave money towards the purchase of ducks, geese, chicks, rabbits, honeybees, pigs, goats, tree seedlings, a sheep, a water buffalo, and an irrigation pump with Heifer International. Thank you for providing a tangible way for young students to help make a positive difference in people’s lives around the world! Best wishes, Mrs. Hill Lamb of God School
Ms. Julie Bair and her fifth grade class at Seven Hills Middle School in Nevada City, California designed and created scarecrows for the Scarecrows for Heifer service learning project to raise funds in benefit of Heifer International. Local businesses generously donate materials and a venue to sell the finished scarecrows. Ms. Bair has worked with students in the Nevada City Schools on scarecrow projects over many years to raise funds to support Heifer International’s mission of helping families. Hats off to Ms. Bair for her dedication to both Heifer and developing the next generation of donors!
Prairie Society is a small Unitarian Universalist congregation in Madison, Wisconsin. There are about 15 youth in our middle/high school religious education program. This year the kids have become very excited about raising money to donate to Heifer for the gift of a cow based on research one group member had done on the organization. Half of their RE time will be dedicated to planning and carrying out fundraising efforts. They call this “The Year of the Cow.” Already the group participated in a local rummage sale where they sold clothing, bird seed treats, pottery items, and, of course, cow cookies. They had two tables covered in a Holstein cow (black and white, since this is Wisconsin) table cloth and created a large display cow. They raised almost $100. The class will present a play to the congregation describing “The Year of the Cow” project and sell more cookies and cow ornaments through the holidays. They will also fundraise to make a trip to the international village in Michigan. Submitted by Molly Plunkett
Dear friends at Heifer International, We are a small church in rural Indiana that first supported the Heifer Project in 1960 when the church and Sunday School, as part of a special mission project, raised $358.00, and the pastor, George Knapp, personally went with the heifers on the ship that delivered them that summer! Our Sunday School began having "Penny Sunday - Kids Helping Kids" 19 years ago, raising money for different mission projects each year, and as recently as 2006, Heifer International has been one of them. Once again over the past year, the children have collected $2,000.00 from our small but amazingly generous congregation. (The enclosed picture of our church family was taken at our Rally Day in September.) We have learned many things about Heifer International, not the least being what a "heifer" is! (Okay, some of us were not raised on one of the surrounding farms and only knew there were "girl" cows and "boy" cows!) Anyway, we hope that this amount will help provide two Milk Menageries or whatever is needed most by kids somewhere. Yours truly, Laura Claus Penny Sunday Person
When planning her 6th birthday, Caroline had an interesting request for her parents: she wanted her guests to help her send a girl to school through Heifer International. While she had been exposed to Heifer before--even giving her mom a goat for her birthday last year--Caroline hadn't considered fundraising for us before. However, during a recent trip to the library, Caroline discovered Beatrice's Goat and learned about the depth of Heifer's mission and goals. This took place shortly after attending a friend's birthday party where guests were asked to donate to Heifer in lieu of gifts. We at Heifer love that our cornerstone of Passing on the Gift has extended to inspiration, fundraisers and birthday presents. Thank you for your generosity, Caroline!
Dear Heifer, I am very excited to donate my money. I have been saving up for more than a year and ended up with $127. I used to think I had a tough life, but looking at all the pictures in the catalog and reading their stories made me feel very lucky. It feels great to donate money to someone in need and even better to know you saved their family. Love, Sarah N.
The Family Learning Center is a Boulder, CO non-profit organization. Our mission is to help families and children thrive in our community. This summer our middle and high school students completed a comprehensive Civic and Community Engagement summer camp. As part of their experience, they raised funds to donate to local and national charities. Our students were deeply touched by the outstanding work done by Heifer and wanted to donate part of the proceeds of their fundraising efforts to buy chickens for families in need. We hope this small donation will assist in the needs of a deserving family. Sincerely, The Family Learning Center
July 6, 2015 Enclosed, please find checks totaling $5,407. As we have done the past eleven years, Holy Spirit used the Lenten and Easter seasons to raise money and awareness of world hunger by donating money to Heifer International for the purchase of an "Ark." During this period of time, the parishioners of Holy Spirit have contributed over $65,000 in support of projects, activities, and programs sponsored by Heifer International. Parishioners were encouraged to donate the money they would have otherwise spent based on their Lenten sacrifice. If someone gave up coffee for Lent, we suggested they take the money they would have spent and donate it to Heifer. In addition, our Christian Formation Program (religious education for our school-aged children) held their second annual end of year carnival and contributed over $1,800 of the total listed above. On behalf of the parishioners at Holy Spirit, I would like to thank you for your continued efforts in alleviating world hunger and of truly living the Gospel message "I was hungry and you fed me." May God continue to bless your work and the ministry of Heifer International. Peace, Deacon Rich Akins
May 20, 2015 Dear Heifer, Our school recently held an Empty Bowls event to fight hunger. Our elementary and middle school students created handmade ceramic bowls for the event. The students voted and decided to donate the $700 they raised selling the bowls to Heifer! We hope it will do a lot of good! I have enclosed a photo of their beautiful bowls to share with you. Best, Maria Cole and the students of the Maria Montessori School Memphis, TN
Dear Heifer, Enclosed is a check from the Chidlren of First Christian Church, Louisburg, KS, in the amount of $501.42! The children collected pennies over the course of several months, 6 months at least, and with the help of one of our adult Sunday School classes, this was the amount they collected! As they always do, before they started this latest round of penny gathering, they voted on what animal they would like to make available to a family and the winner of their vote this time around was Heifer! Imagine that! We keep Heifer International in our prayers and thank God for what you do to help all of God's children. Sincerely, The Children of First Christian Church Sandy Harris, Jr. Minister Shortly after this letter was received When Cows Fly Coordinator Amy Dieringer reached out to Sandy to learn more about the fundraiser. Years ago, the church donated a camel for $850. For the past 3 or 4 years, the church has held a fundraiser, tracking progress through a chart displayed for the entire congregation to see. Sandy and her congregation believe fundraising is an essential part of worship.
There is a history behind this donation. The second and third grade class at Terrace Elementary School in Richardson, TX each won $100 from our Altrusa International, Inc. of Richardson, TX Club as a reward for winning the "15 Days of Random Acts of Kindness" challenge the school held earlier this year. They personally selected what animals they wanted to donate. The children had so much fun picking which animals to select and were so excited to receive the opportunity to help others to create a better world. We are giving them your animal buttons and stickers to give them additional recognition. Thank you for sending them to us. Thank you, Jane Tucker International Relations Committee Co-Chair Althrusa International, Inc. of Richardson, TX
For the past six years, freshmen at Ottawa Township High School in Ottawa, IL have participated in a project in which they are challenged to come up with a solution to poverty, hunger and access to clean water. This is part of the World History curriculum. Students are required to research organizations that address these issues both locally and globally. During the 2014-15 school year, freshmen raised $10,874.07 for charities, volunteered almost 500 hours, reached over 5000 people with public service announcements and donated hundreds of pounds of food. This project allows students to realize the impact and influence they have in changing people's lives for good. Click the title of this story to read Lynn's letter to Heifer International.
Recently, our third grade class read a story in our reading club about Beatrice from Kisinga, Uganda, Africa. Her family was awarded a goat when Beatrice was about eight-years old. The goat had twins. One goat was sold for money to help buy a house, and the other goat and mother gave milk which was sold. This money allowed Beatrice to buy books and a uniform so she could attend school. ...After having read about Beatrice, we decided that we wanted to be a part of something great and also make an impact on bettering the lives of others in our world. Click the title of this story to read more!
This is a picture of the Sunday School kids at Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brookfield Wisconsin. They had just done the pageant which is why they're in pajamas. The kids decided to donate the collection that normally would go to next year's pageant to the Heifer Fund. They collected $260 today, and with what we had already collected we now have enough for a Milk Menagerie! Hoping to send it out soon!
When the nearly 80 third-grade students at Salina’s Cottonwood Elementary started collecting pennies at the beginning of November, the idea was the money would go toward a class Christmas party. Somewhere along the way, in the course of a world geography lesson, actually, the target of that loose change was redirected from party-time to cattle and ducks... This story was originally written by Eric Wiley and published by the Salina Journal on December 18, 2015: http://www.salina.com/news/cottonwood-third-graders-learn-a-lesson-about-giving/article_bd9bbe73-a306-55a7-88ab-ba9c2f027f5a.html. Click the title of this story to read more!