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For over 60 years we have collected and cherished donor stories on how they have helped eradicate hunger and poverty around the globe. Below are just a few of the latest Heifer charity stories and projects. 

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A Multi-Generational, Cross Country Family Affair

"I can't imagine a time without Heifer's influence on our family," Heifer International Public Facilities Board member, Elizabeth Small, shared...

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A Proud Son Remembers His Father

My father, Elmer Huffman, volunteered through the Church of the Brethren to take a load of dairy heifers to Holland in 1944. He then joined UNRRA and worked to take two additional loads of cattle and horses to Europe. My brothers and I kept our family farm running, milking 24 cows and handling all the chores with the other livestock. Our family of seven kids were very proud of our father and his willingness to be of service to the hurting farmers in Europe after the war. We have continued to support the Heifer project as a memorial to our Dad.

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Happy Mother's Day!

This photo features Velma Perry, a loyal donor in Oregon, who was the lucky recipient of a mailing Heifer International sent to some of our supporters last year. The mailer included a packet of flower seeds and a note about motherhood. We want to thank Velma for sharing the amazing sunflowers that resulted from the gift we sent her. This Mother's Day, honor your mother and all mothers around the world by doing what they do every day: making the world a better place.

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Union UMC Students Name Their Heifers

Dear Heifer: Some weeks ago I began a project with the children of Union United Methodist Church to raise money for a heifer cow...

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French and Spanish Clubs Give the Basic Necessities

The French and Spanish Clubs at Medford Area High School in Medford, WI held a fundraiser for your organization during Foreign Language Week this year. We sold foreign candy, had a Foreign Film Night at the local movie theatre, held a dance with a raffle and took donations in return for Heifer International buttons (they were a big hit)...

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Cade's Kindness Company

Two years ago a 10-year old unknowingly found himself in the midst of a very serendipitous moment. While visiting his grandparents, he noticed a small catalog featuring a photo of healthy, happy-looking livestock. Being curious, Cade Borchard and his grandma sat down to read the catalog cover to cover. What he learned changed his life. The catalog was one of Heifer International’s infamous gift catalogs...

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Donors Share How They Give

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We love giving to Heifer International. We have a quarter tube display in our home. We encourage friends that visit to donate. We recently raised $60.00 to buy a Flock of Hope at Easter. We love to visit the Perryville, AR center, so we took the quarters there for a special time of giving. We even got to love on some baby goats.

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A Proud Grandmother Shares a Fundraising Story

My wonderful 10-year old granddaughter decided she wanted to solicit donations from family and friends for a humanitarian cause. She did much research and chose Heifer International. She raised $320.00...

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Mayor's Youth Council Member Raises Money for Heifer

My name is Kaitlyn Akel, and I am a senior at North Little Rock High School and a member of the NLRMYC. I'm 17-years old. Recently, I held a massive community-wide bake sale with the help of the director of the North Little Rock Mayor's Youth Council, Jan Scholl, and several of the Council's kids in order to raise money to buy an animal or two to send overseas to a family in need...

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A Former Project Participant Inspires Classroom

April 1, 2015 Dear Heifer International, We were so inspired by the story Beatrice's Goat in our third grade reading series that we decided we wanted to raise money to purchase a goat for a family in need like Beatrice's. We realized that we take so much for granted and often don't have to work for any of the things we have. Each student in our class did jobs for our parents and other family members and friends to raise money. Please take this check and make sure a goat goes to a family whose life will be changed. Thank you for opening our eyes and hearts. Sincerely, Mrs. Smith's 3rd Grade Class Lincoln Park Elementary School

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Sprinkled with Love

My name is Bat-Ella Pessah and I am 12-years old. Since I was a little girl I have had food allergies, so I wanted to help other kids who also have allergies to be able to make some good food...

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How Three High School Seniors Made a Difference

We first heard about Heifer International in middle school, but it wasn't until our senior year of high school we researched this organization more. We wanted to share our story to show that ANYONE can make a difference!

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What Heifer Gifts Mean to Bailey

As part of Heifer International's kid-friendly honor card competition, we received Bailey's beautiful drawing. Thank you, Bailey!

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What Heifer Gifts Mean to Austin

West Virginia student, Austin, sent us this beautiful, serene drawing of a world without hunger. Thank you, Austin!

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What Heifer Gifts Mean to Emma

Emma, a student in West Virginia, graciously shared this drawing with Heifer International as a part of our kid-friendly honor card contest. Thank you, Emma!

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What Heifer Gifts Mean to Duke

Heifer International would like to thank Duke, an elementary school student in West Virginia, for sharing his hope for a world without hunger!

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When a Classroom Skips the Christmas Gift Exchange

It was an incredible thing to watch my students (6-7 years old) eagerly doing jobs at home to earn money for the cause. I had one child who even gave up his tooth money that he was going to use to buy himself a toy...

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Why Shawn Wants to Pay It Forward

Today's my 40th birthday and I've been raising money for your organization through a Pay It Forward site. I just realized it would be cool for you to know! My goal is $1,000 to be split between you and a local cat rescue organization. I'm 27% there and am hoping more people donate before Saturday.

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What Heifer Gifts Mean to Marshall

This idyllic drawing was sent to us by Marshall, a young Pennsylvanian Heifer supporter. We thank you for sharing your artistry with Heifer, Marshall!

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Long Time Donor Reminisces about 1976 Goat Concert

When Cows Fly: Early in 1976 I learned about Heifer International and thought it sounded like an outstanding organization. To become involved, I decided to produce an afternoon musicale. Along with other volunteer musicians, we presented our "Goat Concert" in May of that year. We raised $160--enough to send two goats! I am very fortunate in having abundance to share and am still able to support Heifer by donating a goat and some chicks each year. Thank you for helping me do that. Sincerely, Carol King PS: Enclosed is a photo of me singing in our "Goat Concert" in 1976.)

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Duck Tape Holds the World Together

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...

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A School Teams Up for a Good Cause

Our students were very honored that they were able to donate money to help others through Heifer International. The boys and girls competed against each other to see who could raise the most money and then we combined it and had the Consumer Math Class find out all the different ways we could spend the funds. The students enjoyed themselves and were pleasantly surprised when they got the box of pencils and pins. It was a very kind gesture and the students still continue to brag about how wonderful they think the pencils are. Enclosed is a group picture of the students who donated. Thank you again. Melissa King, OCA Teacher