Stories of hunger have inspired thousands of individuals and groups to do what they can to eliminate this devastating global problem. Amazing success stories like those below are what keep us and other Heifer donors working to end hunger.
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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!
We would like to thank you friends, Dan and Marc, for sharing Heifer gifts with you this holiday season!
Many thanks to Heifer International's young supporter, Ethan, for sharing what a world without hunger looks like to him!
"We received this outstanding gift card from our veterinarian over the weekend. My 8-year old daughter, Lorraine, who also wants be a veterinarian, was so intrigued she read the documents that came with the card, asked to visit your website and, as an artist, she could not wait to create a potential new card for you. Thank you, Jennifer H. S." Thank you for sharing your outstanding artwork with Heifer International, Lorraine!
Reese believes that a world without hunger is filled with happy rabbits!
Cole is hoping the rabbits and chicks that were donated in his name find a safe and happy home, preferably in Haiti. We thank you for the support you and your family have given Heifer International, Cole!
"My name is Mitch and my brother's name is Will. We are lucky to have a wonderful person in our lives that we call Grandma K. She is one of those people that has had an opportunity to travel the world and see many different cultures. She enjoys being out in the world and trying new and different things. One of the things that is important to her is giving back. We have been able to learn about giving back through her by the gifts she has given through Heifer International in our names to many different families. I am now 12 and my brother is 7. She has been doing this for several years for our birthdays and Christmas. This Christmas we were both able to donate llamas. We learned that the honeybees that my brother just donation for his 7th birthday make honey that is the only human food that never spoils! We didn't know that! We hope to be able to keep giving to families in need all over the world. Thanks to our wonderful Grandma K and to Heifer International for all that they do to help people live better lives."
Layla generously shared this photo of what a world without hunger looks like to her. This artwork was inspired by the generous Flock of Hope, bees, one goat and Send a Girl to School donations made on behalf of Layla and her brother. To Vicki and Ken, the lovely donors who gave Heifer International gifts during the 2014 holiday season, Heifer thanks you from the bottom of our hearts! Thank you, too, Layla for taking the time to share your drawing with Heifer.
When Téa dreams of a world without hunger, she envisions a peaceful, happy cow enjoying her pasture. Thank you for sharing your vision with Heifer International, Téa!