Passing on the Gift

CORNERSTONE: PASSING ON THE GIFT

Passing on the Gift

HOW IT WORKS:

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 ACTION:

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.

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Heifer Mission Trip

United States of America

I was one of the adults who visited Heifer Ranch in Arkansas from June 18-20 with the Ottawa Kansas First United Methodist Group. I wrote the following poem about our experience and I plan to read it on August 2nd when we give our presentation to the church. Someone suggested I send it to you! Click the title of this story to read more...

I am a woman among women, and my family is well respected in the village
Gagnessiri Ndiaye, http://tinyurl.com/qhbuvnn
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Chickens for Change

We raised this money with our 4-H group by making a lemonade stand that supports "Chickens for Change." We are donating all of the profits from our lemonade stand to Heifer International. Click the title of this story to read more...

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Swap Meet Sends a Girl to School

I have 30 students from a Title I school where more than 75% of them receive free and reduced lunch. They participated in two swap meets, a bake sale, the Chores for Change fundraiser, collecting cans and bottles and asking for donations in order to collect enough funds to help send a girl to school. Click the title of this story to read more...

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A Teacher Passes on the Gift

In 2005 I was an intern as a pre-service teacher in a first grade classroom where we studied all about insects. As a parting gift to my class, I made a donation to Heifer International in their honor. I made a donation of a honeybee hive. We talked in class about how donating these bees would be a lifelong gift and that when they had children who were in first grade learning about insects and honeybees that hive would still be producing honey in a village somewhere. If you are interested in learning more about Heifer International's honeybee donation option, please click here.

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Little Rock Students Donate to "Enhance the Chance" for Others

The students created commercials to promote their products before the sale.

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A Gift from the Heart

Nepal

Fundraising during the Month of Friendship and Love has been an annual tradition for the 4th grade students at Freeman School in Aurora, IL. Heifer International's Director of Philanthropy, Vicki Clark, visited Freeman School before this year's fundraiser launched to talk about Heifer's mission. Click the title of this story to read more...

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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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Christmas in July

In July of 2014, the Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church in Pensacola, FL put together their time and effort to raise funds for Heifer International. The first paragraph of their initial fundraiser flier used to call congregants to give reads: "Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church are committed to helping others by extending a hand up rather than a handout. Their goal is to collect $5,000 to fill an ark for Heifer International in the month of July."

Events

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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Annual Heifer Festival in Ohio Raises over $75,000

I first heard about Heifer in the late 90's when I had graduated from Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine and was practicing as a mixed-animal veterinarian in central Pennsylvania. (I am originally from Selma, Alabama.) One day as I was traveling my route doing my scheduled herd checks, checking cows for pregnancy, I noticed that farm after farm had missing farmers. This really was strange because my farmers hardly ever went on vacation. I finally asked where everyone was and was told that they had accompanied a shipment of heifers overseas for a group called Heifer International...

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An Anonymous 4th Grader Shares Their Enthusiasm for Heifer

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.

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A Quick Letter from Hatfield Elementary School Student Maisy

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

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What Heifer Gifts Mean to Lily

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

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Bees for Bach

As a musician, and oboe teacher at the University of Arkansas, I wanted to find a way to help people in need through music. Every year, I join with my colleagues from the University--Dr. Moon-Sook Park, Dr. Robert Mueller, Dr. Tomoko Kashiwagi, Dr. Er-Gene Kahng, and Dr. Lia Uribe--and we present a concert called "Bees for Bach" with our music students from the University of Arkansas. Click the title of this story to read more...

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Grammy & Simone's Cooking Club

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. Click the title of this story to read more...

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A Good Grandparent Thing to Do

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. Click the title of this story to read more...

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Doctor with a Heart

This is North Star Chiropractic Center's sixth year donating to Heifer International! Every year we host an event called "Doctor with a Heart" where we donate $10 per patient visit on the Monday following Valentine's Day. Also during that week we invite new patients into our clinic to receive a $30 consultation, exam and x-rays. The $30 they pay for that visit is also donated to Heifer. We are confident donating to Heifer because of the sustainability of the contribution we make. We like to donate goats every year because a goat empowers a family by providing a food and/or income resource. Also, if the goat reproduces, the gift can be passed on to others in the community. Last year we were able to raise enough money for seven goats! As we like to say, nothing says love like a goat!

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100-Year Old Donor Inspires Her Great-Grandchildren

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! Click the title of this story to read more...

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What Heifer Gifts Mean to Lorraine

"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!

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What Heifer Gifts Mean to Mitch and Will

"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."

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What Heifer Gifts Mean to Layla

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.