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Eli's artwork arrived with this note: "I hope you're happy!" Knowing that someone donated in your name, Eli, has definitely made that donation all the sweeter. Thank you for supporting Heifer International!
My Aunt made a donation in my name as a Christmas present. She knows I like to draw, so thought I should enter the contest to be featured on next year's card! It's so important to help people feed themselves in the long term. Thank you for having a wonderful vision! - Elicia H.
For Christmas, Audra's grandparents donated a hive of bees in her honor. When Audra sent Heifer International her drawing, she included the note that her grandparents had written to her. A portion of their sweet note reads, "This is from us to you and you to them. Now that family is lucky, too." To Audra and her grandparents: Your generous, giving spirits mean so much to everyone at Heifer but, most importantly, they mean everything to the recipients of your donation. Together, we have power over poverty.
"Hello, This was drawn by my 10-year old daughter, Sarah. We've 'received' the Heifer gift for many years from my best friend, Andrew. This is the first year that Sarah truly understands the benevolence of what Heifer International is all about. Thank you! David S."
Many thanks to Kairi, one of Heifer International's young supporters, for the beautiful artwork!
What does Caitlin see when she pictures a world without hunger? A happily roaming cow. We fully agree with your vision, Caitlin! Thank you for sharing your artwork with everyone at Heifer International and all of our supporters.
This kid-friendly honor card artwork was submitted by Franchesca, a 2nd grade support of Heifer International's mission. As a result of her family's generous donation of three goats, Franchesca wanted us to know that this is what she envisions is a world without hunger--a leaping, happy horse. Thank you for sharing your drawing with Heifer International, Franchesca!
We received Garet's artwork submission with the following statement: "I donated because it was a nice thing to help someone who needs it." A simple and sweet quote that sums up Heifer International's mission in the purest form. Thank you for submitting your artwork, Garet!
When Heifer International received Nate's letter detailing his fundraising experience, we knew we had to share it with our community of donors.
Patrich, a 6th grade student, believes that a world without hunger could be similar to this scene. We at Heifer International think it would be awesome if everyone on the planet was able to indulge in a cookie. Thank you for sharing your artistic talents with us, Patrich!
Michael Henry, a 5th grade supporter of Heifer International, drew this fantastic depiction of what Heifer gifts mean to him. We, too, believe that a world without hunger would look similar to this scene. Anyone fighting hunger is a superhero in Heifer's eyes!
It’s always exciting for Heifer International when we learn about the creative ways our donors are raising funds for our mission. When we caught wind of the innovative fundraising IgnitionCo was pursuing, we had to learn more. Matt Blaisdell, one of a team of three alongside Seth Anthony and Julie Moretti, generously volunteered his time to answer a few questions about their pursuits.
My sons had given a flock of chicks to Heifer International on behalf of their grandmother because she would tell them stories about how she raised chicks on the farm she grew up on in NW Iowa. It brought a huge smile to her face to know that her stories impacted the boys and she was honored by the thoughtful gift. This Christmas the boys have again decided giving through Heifer is a good idea. This time they are giving on behalf of their grandpa. He helped them save a duckling that had fallen into our window well. They named it Oscar and fed it bugs until we could secure a home for it. Now they are donating a flock of ducks and are excited to share this gift with their Grandpa Bob. I appreciate how Heifer helps teach my children not only the value of animals, but how great giving to others feels. Thank you!
Brooke, an 8th grade homeschool student, was recently assigned a community service project with her Civics class. About 4 years ago her family began raising bee colonies, so she decided to take this idea further and fundraise for bees through Heifer International!
When most people think of a child's Christmas wishlist, they envision lists of toys and games and clothing. While Allyson may have written those items on her Christmas wishlist, she included a unique and awesome request: that an animal be sent to a needy family in Africa. When a close family friend saw this request on her list, they immediately thought of Heifer International.
Our stamping group made Heifer International our project for fund raising this year through the First United Methodist Church of Loomis, CA. We decided that we would like to buy a cow for Heifer. However, the goal of raising $500 was larger than we had done in the past. We worked diligently and made enough packets of handmade Christmas cards and, along with selling individual cards as well, were able to raise the necessary funds! We are very proud to be able to bring happiness and support to a needy family who will benefit from your wonderful organization. Thank you for this opportunity to be of help.
This adorable drawing was submitted by Colin, a young Heifer supporter in New Jersey. We want to thank you for taking the time to share your view of Heifer International with us, Colin!
When we asked Charlie what he would most want if he had very little and was hungry, he said milk. He'd been working hard to save enough to help a family by donating a goat. He did it! We are so proud of him... Maybe next we'll work on saving enough for a cow. Thank you Heifer International for being a means through which we can help our (distant) cousins.
Elliot, a 10-year old supporter of Heifer International, very generously shared his depiction of what Heifer gifts meant to him during the 2014 holiday season. Chicks and ducks are some of Heifer's most popular gifts, so his artwork is incredibly fitting! Thank you for taking the time to share your talent with Heifer, Elliot!
A young Heifer International supporter from Indiana recently sent us the featured drawing, stating simply, "Make the world a better place!" That is exactly what Heifer's mission boils down to, Stephanie. Thank you for sharing your talents with Heifer!
Kaylee's card reads, "I am glad to help by choosing a pig to feed a family. I hope other people will do the same. It is so important to help others." We couldn't agree more, Kaylee! Thank you so much for sharing your artwork and your heartfelt words with Heifer International.
Danielle recently received a birthday gift from her aunt--a flock of Heifer chicks! Prompted by the honor card her aunt sent her, Danielle decided to share what Heifer gifts meant to her with the featured beautiful drawing. We want to thank you for sharing your artistic talent with Heifer International, Danielle!
Every holiday season, Kylie (11) and her family sit down and think about how they can help others. This is Kylie's second year choosing to donate through Heifer, giving animals to families. She says the picture she drew "represents people helping other people," and that "one person helping is good, but two people helping is better... When people come together, they can give life to others."
Each child in Dimitri's kindergarten class at Dailey Elementary was asked to come up with a project that would help promote peace in the world or local community. For his peace project, Dimitri chose to purchase farm animals through Heifer International to be given to a family in need to help them have a healthy lifestyle.
Sisters Annabel Rupel, Esther Rupel and Alice Rohrer once again joined the Heifer International Living Gift Market at Timbercrest Senior Living Community. For the past 20 years the sisters have been selling garden produce, canned goods and handicrafts with proceeds going to support Heifer International.