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Olivia Demberg, a young Heifer International supporter, recently sent the following letter to Heifer CEO Pierre Ferrari detailing a project proposal that she pitched to ShurTech Brands CEO. Click on the story title to learn more about Olivia's unique and inspiring initiative...
Dear Heifer International, Thank you for all you do. It is amazing how your charity helps so many people in the world. I always send my tzadaka to you. Sincerely, Jasmyn
"My 9-year old daughter, Anabeth, was inspired by a story she read in school where a young girl's family received a goat. That family sold the goat's milk and it allowed the young girl to attend school. After reading the story, Anabeth came home and found Heifer International. She browsed through the pages until she decided that she wanted to raise $500 on her own to buy a heifer. She took all of her birthday money, scrounged up all the change in the house, called family and friends, asked church members and even spent a Sunday selling lemonade and tea to raise the $500 she needed in less than two weeks! Donations came pouring in when people heard about what she was doing. Today, we were able to purchase the heifer for her. We are so proud of her and the impact she has made on our community." After checking in with Anabeth's mom, she replied with an incredible update on Friday, March 20, 2015! "Also, since I emailed, I wanted to let you know that she has officially earned an excess of $150 above her goal! Now that she has purchased her heifer, she is going to purchase a goat and some chicks after school today. She is very excited. She has also inspired at least three other kids in her class who are saving for water buffaloes and heifers as we speak."
Dear Heifer International, We are a class at a school in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Every month we sell coffee and cookies at a cafe we have named the Wildcat Cafe. We use the money we make to go on field trips, buy things for our classroom and for special projects. This month we decided to donate part of the money we made to your organization. Our class voted and decided to buy a hive of honeybees for someone in need. We are happy to see the money we earned put to good use. Sincerely, Ms. Steinke, Ms. Rodeman, Mrs. Welch, Mrs. Surtees, Ellen, Melissa, Desmon, Brendan, Brandon and Abbe
Dear Heifer International, I really enjoyed doing this project to help kids in need. We raised $835.00. With that money we bought four animals and two items. We even had money left over. I think more kids should do this project. What if it was you that would be able to go to school or to get a goat? You would be very excited. I like helping kids in need. That's what I like about this project. It gives kids the opportunity to have a pet or go to school. Thank you. Sincerely, H.E.S.
Dear Heifer International, I hope that the 4th grade's purchase of a water buffalo, an irrigation pump, sending a girl to school, a goat, a flock of chickens, ducks and geese really help a family. What I really like is that the gift of the animals purchased aren't just going to be used for one family, but it's a gift that keeps on giving. I look forward to knowing that a family has been changed! I really hope this will make a difference in a family! Sincerely, Maisy
Maeve, Heifer International would like to thank you for sharing your idea of a world without hunger!
Noah's note reads: "To you from me. Hi, I am Noah. I helped raise money for your goat. I hope you enjoy goat's milk. I live far away from you in a place called West Chester in a state called Ohio in a country called the U.S.A. I hope this goat brings you lots of joy. Your U.S.A. friend: Noah"
Heifer International would like to thank Judy and Greg for donating in honor of this featured artist, Kate!
We would like to thank 3-year old Heifer International supporter, Liv, for sharing her vision of a world without hunger!
The GFWC Morris Golden Star Juniorette Club is a group of sixth grade girls who joined the General Federation of Women's Clubs in the Fall of 2013. They are the first juniorette club in Minnesota. They chose Heifer International as their main project for 2015 and got busy making money. They were excited about being able to choose the animals they wanted with the money they raised. The projects they worked on to earn money were: a rummage sale, collection cans in local businesses, helping at the Lions Club bingo booth at the county fair, a L'BRI show and a Tastefully Simple show. They sent a $600.00 check to Heifer International along with the list of the animals they wanted to purchase. They worked hard and had a lot of fun learning that they can actually help someone less fortunate.
Dear Heifer International.... First of all, I would like to say how inspired I am by your organization's work. As a young child, my parents used to read Faith the Cow by Susan Boomer to me, and my mother also has donated to Heifer for my and my cousin's Christmas gifts every year. Through these actions, my parents have fostered in me an immense respect for Heifer International, and have helped me to learn the value of generosity and importance of huger relief. I am truly enamored with this organization's work, and I am especially inspired by the concept of "passing on the gift." For a project in an art class this semester, I made a drawing inspired by Heifer and would like to share it with you. Thank you very much, Lily W. Clark School for Creative Learning Class of 2015
Dear Mr. Ferrari, I got your letter and I am so happy that I helped. I want to do more and help others, but not keeping things to myself. I am sending $20 from someone I love for you to use where it is needed most. I am also sending a small toy for a boy and girl so that family can have food and something to play with. I am so happy you are serving people in need. Sincerely, Ciana
Eleven-year old Mari sent us this simple yet adorable drawing. Thank you for sharing your vision of a world without hunger!
"My granddaughter, Simone, is 8-years old. She told me several months ago that she wanted to have a lemonade stand to make money for Heifer International. We baked instead, and Simone collected $850 to "help people." She made a flyer (see above), scooped and measured, cracked eggs and mixed, then packaged the cakes and cookies we baked, decorated them with stickers of farm animals, and delivered them to the many people who were excited about her project. It has been a wonderful experience for her. After carefully perusing your catalog, she has decided to purchase - a heifer - a sheep - a goat - a trio of rabbits - honeybees - a flock of chicks She's already talking about next year's project and people who have heard about it are on the list to purchase Grammy and Simone's cakes and cookies for Heifer International. Happy holidays to you, Cyndy S."
"Hello, One of our friends, Maggie Keats, purchased a goat and beehives in honor of my children, TJ, Samantha and Lily. It was such a wonderful gift and helped to spark the conversation of hunger around the world. My 7-year old, Samantha, created this drawing to reflect her image of life without hunger. Thank you for helping people around the world. Sincerely, Karen B." Thank you for sharing your artwork with Heifer International, Sammy!
Alvina had recently returned home after a trip to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Ghana. She said that the trip made a lasting impact; she's traveled to many different places, but she said there was something about Africa that touched her in a way no other place had. Some of the children she met in Ghana, Zimbabwe and South Africa made 4 to 5km trips to school each day. As a former teacher, this left her awestruck.
"Last Christmas (2013), Marian Niece of Boise, ID gave each of her ten great-grandchildren, ranging in age from 3- to 13-years old, a piggy bank and the idea of saving their change for a year. She then wanted them to put the money together to buy an animal for the Heifer Project. The cousins met again this Christmas (2014) and discovered they had enough money for three animals! Marian is 100-years old and still has wonderful ideas!" Editor's note: While speaking with Marian on the phone, we discovered that she also gave each great-grandchildren a stuffed animal from Heifer International. Each grandchild was so excited to find out how much money they had saved throughout the year. Everyone here at Heifer International was incredibly humbled to discover that Marian's belief in our mission stretches to her great-grandchildren as well; Marian's generosity and ingenuity is a lesson to us all!
"Heifer gifts mean hope for life. The trees and rabbits reflect the gifts we sent and represent life." - Amelie L., age 8
"Luke (5-years old) bought fish and ducks with his own money. His picture is a person fishing and showing the love from Pennsylvania to the world." - Lissa B. of Pennsylvania
This beautiful drawing was sent to Heifer International by Yash, a young supporter in Pennsylvania. Thank you for believing in Heifer's mission, Yash!
Heifer International would like to thank Malachi, a student in Florida, for sharing his colorful drawing with us. We are so inspired by your vision of a world without hunger!
Thank you for continuing to support Heifer International's mission, Perkins family!
Heifer would like to thank you, Molly, for sharing what a world without hunger looks like to you!
This adorable drawing of a world without hunger was sent to Heifer by 5-year old supporter Chloe. Thank you for sharing your artwork with us, Chloe!