Passing on the Gift


Passing on the Gift


After their projects are established, families that received resources from Heifer—such as livestock, seeds or training—pass on these gifts to other families in need in their community. This allows them to help others as they have been helped, and to share the resources that they now have in abundance.


In what specific ways has someone helped you or your family in the last month? Perhaps someone pitched in with childcare during an emergency, brought over a meal or simply listened to a problem you were struggling with. Using the spirit of that gift, how can you pass it along to someone else in need? Whether reaching out to old friends or to a stranger, the idea is to help someone in the way you've been helped, a way that might not have occurred to you before.

Projects & Families

Members of BRAVE send 24 girls to school

Members of BRAVE from Sedgwick Middle School, Smith STEM School, and Conard High School with founder Meaghan Davis. BRAVE recently raised more than $6,600 to send 24 girls in other countries to school. Please click the title of the story to read more!


A Family's Journey

Velasco Family Supports Heifer International in Memory of their Daughter, Yvette


Throwback Thursday - 48 Years Ago Today

Heifer International Supporter, Ms. Fitzgerald, shares an article from the Okanogan Independent written on Thursday, May 2nd, 1968, in Okanogan, WA... Click the link below to read the article!


High School Students Awarded with Donation Through Charity Champions

H. Frank Carey High School held a small presentation at which students were awarded with a $1,000 donation to Heifer International... Click the link to read the rest of the story!


First and Eighth Graders Team Up to Buy Chicks

Dear Heifer International, I am the first grade teacher at St. Bridget School in Manchester, CT. The past few years, I have done the Read to Feed service project with my class. I am writing you this letter because this enclosed gift of $60, raised specifically for three flocks of chicks to help bring some families out of poverty, is very special... Please click the link below to read more...


Foxcroft Junior Class Walkathon

Orange, pink, yellow, blue and more covered the Foxcroft campus on Friday during the Class of 2017’s Junior Class Walkathon. Following the previous year’s theme of a color run, students and faculty enjoyed the warm weather and sunny day to raise money for a great cause--Heifer International. Click on the title of this story to read more!


Elizabeth Starts a Fundraiser at Her School

My Grandma introduced me to Heifer International when I was 5 or 6 years old. It was near Christmas and she got a magazine, thought it was junk mail and was looking through it. She started reading about Heifer. Then I came over and she asked me, "Do you want to give a trio of rabbits to a family somewhere in the world?" I said, "Sure" and she told me all about Heifer. Now I am 10 years old and I have been giving to Heifer for a long time. I just love Heifer and it is an organization that helps poor people. I wanted my 4th grade class to know about Heifer and how they can help families. I talked with a teacher at my school and asked for help. We worked on a presentation to share with the 4th graders teaching them about Heifer. Then I made a flyer to go home with all the 4th graders. Then they had 2 weeks to donate money to Heifer. After the 2 weeks I counted all the money and we came out with $150.13. I want to buy an irrigation pump because I know water is very important. You can make food with it and you can drink it. I hope my donation impacts the world! Submitted by Elizabeth S.


Donor's Enthusiasm Infects Family and Friends

Dear Heifer International, This entire idea started about two months ago when I saw the catalog lying on our center island. I paged through it and saw all of these people that needed food and income. Then it hit me, it would be a great idea to try to get my family to support me in this project. When the first email came I went crazy. My grandma had just given $50! Then the emails were coming in like crazy. I was getting donations almost once a minute. So then a month later we decided to get a Hope Basket, Clean Water for One Village, and a flock of chickens. Enclosed is $225. Keep the extra $5. Thanks, Nico S.


A Very Determined Donor Hopes to Spread Happiness

Hi! My name is Hannah and I am 8-years old. I raised money by making bracelets and instead of Christmas presents, I asked for money. So please buy a goat and (a flock of) chicken(s) with the money I raised! Happy Valentine's Day! Hannah PS: I hope I make a family happy.


A Cause for Christmas

Family donates water buffalo as holiday gift... Click the title of this story to read more!


Classroom Fundraiser Grows into School-Wide Effort

Please accept this donation not just from me, but as a gift from North Park Elementary School. Let me explain how this came about. When I received the Heifer International (gift) catalog at my home, I decided to see if my principal would approve it as a class fundraiser. Needless to say, she did, so the class fundraiser grew into a school-wide fundraiser! All we asked for were donations of loose change and we call our fundraiser, "Change to Change the World." (Along with an introductory letter we wrote to help students, families and teachers learn more about your orgainzation and mission) some teachers also read Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier, which contains an afterward by Hillary Clinton that mentions Heifer International. In the end we collected $229.76 in loose change as well as $89 in bills. The students were so proud to see the level of generosity found within our school community! So, on behalf of the North Park Elementary community, please accept our donation and use it in any way that will support the communities in need most. Thank you for what you are doing!


An Ark from United Church of Christ in Stanfordville

It is with great pleasure that we have enclosed a check for $5,000 to give an Ark through Heifer International. Our small, rural congregation initially established this goal 2 1/2 years ago. We have been steadily working toward it using various fundraising efforts. It has truly been a group effort in that money was received from our Sunday School children, our youth group, our women's fellowship, Sunday mission offerings and individual donations. We support in the work of Heifer, especially the idea of Passing on the Gift. We are excited at the prospect of our gift multiplying to provide sustainability, self-reliance and hope to people around the globe. We are blessed and grateful to be able to share this gift. Thank you for the opportunity to reach far beyond our small town to give assistance to those who need it most.


Large Family Bands Together to Donate to Heifer

Shared with permission from Noreen Lewis of New Mexico. This letter was sent to loved ones on her "special Christmas list" before the holiday season began. "...I asked the organization to send me a catalog for each of you. Having your own catalog, you can see for yourself what we've done." Click the title of this story to read more!


Books Make the World Better

At Two Rivers Elementary School we always have a theme for our reading month and this year I decided to make our theme "Books Make the World Better." I chose projects that could show kids that they can make a real difference in the world with books. The big project we decided to do was the Heifer International Read to Feed program. Our goal was to raise $700, enough for a cow and the supplies needed to care for the cow. Students were encouraged to find 4 sponsors who would sponsor them for one penny a page. We chose a penny because I wanted the kids to see that when you work together as a group it does not take a lot to make a big difference! Well, this idea took off and our students raised $982 surpassing their goal! I decided to also sponsor myself to bring it up to an even $1,000. Now we could donate another animal. But it gets even better! After I announced how successful our students had been, how proud I was of them and how hard our students worked, our PTA made an announcement of their own. They were so impressed at our students efforts and they believe that we can all make a big difference in the world when we work together, so they matched another $500 bringing our total money raised to $1,500. The kids are now in the difficult deciding process of figuring out what other animals we will be donating. I am so proud of our school and I truly loved the message an conversations that were encouraged by deciding to make the world better. Submitted by Jessica Esperanza, Library Tech, Two Rivers Elementary School, Sacramento, CA


100th Day of School Brings 100s of Pennies

I am a first grade teacher at a Catholic school. Part of our social studies and religion standards are helping others. In accordance with the 100th day of school as well as skip counting, I began a penny drive. I showed my students the Heifer International website and we discussed their purpose and how they help families around the world. I told them we would collect the pennies and add them up and see what we could buy. They, of course, wanted to buy a heifer. They began bringing in pennies and we counted and wrapped them. They brought in over $70 worth of pennies. We voted on the animals and chose a flock of ducks, a flock of chicks, and honeybees. The day after wrapping, I received an e-mail from Heifer that someone would match our gift. Just by sharing pennies, my students have helped 6 families in need. Submitted by Alicia D'Apice


A Student Initiative to Better a Community

An idea proposed by senior Khiabeth Burgos-Gomez to help out the community turned into a Google document filled with ideas. Junior Annette Shukaitis offered the idea of collecting money to donate to Heifer International to get a goat. Her idea was based on personal experience. “Two years ago my grandparents decided that, instead of buying all the grandchildren expensive Christmas presents, they would take half of each grandchild’s Christmas money and see how much money they had before donating it to Heifer International and give an animal to a village.” Shukaitis comments, “All of us grandkids thought it was a wonderful idea and on Christmas day we were happy to find out that a family would be receiving a baby goat with our Christmas money.” Click the title of this story to read more about Mr. Healey's class!


Mr. Boldt's Classroom Hosts Caramels for Critters

In 2006 I decided to have my fourth graders join in this worthwhile endeavor of supplying animals to needy people around the world. I used a family caramel recipe while visiting my parents over Christmas vacation with newly wrapped caramels and each year my present and past fourth graders have spent their quarters and dollar bills. My matching gift has grown into other donations and our totals have continued to grow, reaching a new high of $890 this year. Click the title of this story to read more!