CORNERSTONE: 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 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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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!
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.
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.
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.
Family donates water buffalo as holiday gift... Click the title of this story to read more!
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!
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.
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!
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
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
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!
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!
Adults, especially teachers who work with kids all day, can be some of the biggest critics of teenagers. But watching students get excited about buying alpacas restored some of my faith in humanity. The winter holidays had gotten me thinking. How could I relate giving--the kind of giving that shares without expectation of compensation--to my tenth grade World History class at Batesville High School? How could I encourage students to be globally minded? Heifer International was the answer. Each of my six classes competed against each other to raise money for Heifer and win a class party. Students wanted the party, sure, but along the way they became interested in the animals and where they go and the principle of “teaching a man to fish” that Heifer honors through its work. Each class was allowed to vote on which animals to buy with its funds. Whole llamas and alpacas became popular goals. Did each class achieve its goal? No, but I watched a student dig $7.00 worth of change out of her back pack one day and saw another student quietly drop in five folded $20.00 bills when nobody was paying attention. I saw them encourage each other, guilt each other, and ultimately work together to help people in situations that seem light years away from their own insulated teenage world. I watched and listened to them and silently said to myself that maybe the future has a chance after all. We make the difference. Submitted by Elizabeth Taylor
I am 11 years old and I am doing a Charity Run to raise money for Heifer International and Doctors Without Borders. I have raised $1300 and I still have 1 month until the race on March 13. So far, the half of that money that is going to Heifer International can buy a heifer and a llama. If you would like to join me in this race in Palos Verdes near LA go to eventbrite.com and search Charity Pi Run. Submitted by Connor Spencer
Every year I do this thing called Charity Day at my grandmother’s house. Charity Day is when a friend and I do a talent, then my grandmother gives us twenty dollars to donate to any charity we pick. I usually choose Heifer. I think that Heifer is the best choice because I feel families should get the chance to raise and care for an animal. I started doing Charity Day when I was 13-months old. Instead of me doing a talent, my grandmother just bought the first toy I touched with my little hands. When I was 4 is the first time I knowingly did Charity Day. It was also when I first heard about Heifer. I was looking at the charities I could donate to when I saw the pamphlet that had animals on it. Being the animal lover that I am, I decided I would go for it and buy animals. Every year I like to choose a different animal. Charity Day is just for my friends and me to earn money so we can give it to a charity and I think Heifer is the best charity. Submitted by Emily
Enclosed please find a contribution to Heifer. This is in honor of my wife Linda L. Harlan. In about 2011, our church sent several members, including Linda and myself, to Arkansas to the Ranch. Olivia Heisner, who grew up in our church (Trinity Presbyterian Church, Columbia, MO) was at Heifer for a year before starting college. She was a wonderful singer and was a theater major. But did she really want to try to go to Broadway? The theory was that she would take a year away from theater and then she would know if that was her calling. (Click on the title of this story to read more about Timothy and his wife, Linda!)
After we read the World Ark article “Refuse, Reuse” that explains how animal waste can be turned into usable biogas energy, I challenged the 25 students in my 6th grade class to see if they could raise $50 to provide a biogas stove for a family in need. We agreed that if we collected additional money they could choose an animal to include in their gift. During the three weeks between Thanksgiving students paged through “The Greatest Gift” catalogs I brought to school and the funds trickled in. We decided that instead of spending money on “Secret Santa” gifts, we would give each other handmade cards and donate toward our project. Several families joined in, and our custodian even added a few extra dollars. Excitement grew as we kept track of each new contribution. By the last day of class, we had raised $125 and the class voted to add a flock of chicks and a share of a Knitter’s Basket to the gift of a stove. They also asked if they could keep going and see if they could multiply the remaining $7 to give another gift during the Spring semester. This year’s science curriculum included research on the California Drought and the need for water conservation. We learned that in parts of the world women and girls must walk long distances to get water. We also studied solar energy, made solar ovens, and learned that using solar-powered ovens means that women and girls don’t have to walk long distances to get firewood. Because I’ve been supporting Heifer’s biogas projects for several years, I decided to also introduce the students to this form of alternate energy which improves the lives of women and girls in similar ways. We read the World Ark article to understand how biogas systems work and to learn some fun vocabulary words (fertilizer, slurry, manure, and dung!). But the article went further: it connected my students with the impact of these projects on lives of real people in another country. This touched their hearts. I’m really proud of my students, many of whom struggle academically and/or are still learning English. They are also proud of what they’ve accomplished and are pleased that their small gifts will help improve the lives of struggling families. Submitted by Janet Graff
If there is enough for all, why don't we all have enough?Yasin Dguidegue
Dear Heifer International, We, the members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Huddle of Northside Middle School in Columbus, IN chose your organization as our charity recipient of our Christmas Candy Gram fundraiser. Our goal was to purchase a water buffalo through Heifer International. Together, we sold candy grams with personalized messages that would be delivered during school for 50 cents. We sold them during three daily lunch periods for a week. We raised $267.26, which exceeds our goal of purchasing a water buffalo. We are very happy and proud that we met our objective and raised a little more money. We believe in the life-changing work that Heifer International does. Giving an animal to a family helps them to be more self-sufficient and the animal can help provide many things. It can also help lift a family out of poverty and hunger, which is a fantastic thing. We also believe the Passing on the Gift (R) idea is a great concept that further continues the giving. Thank you for the opportunity to purchase an animal that will help a family work fo ra better life without hunger or poverty. We are very pleased that the money we raised will go to a great organization who will use it wisely. Sincerely, Northside FCA
Dear Heifer, I started a tradition for my family. Two Christmases in a row I ended up in the hospital and I was unable to shop for my family or extended family. That created my tradition; I now mail my gift budget to Heifer and I send Heifer (honor) cards to each extended family member. This year I asked the parents to be sure to let the kids know where their gift went. My nephew really was impressed but thought I should buy a water buffalo. His name is Jasper and he went door to door in his neighborhood and raised $87.00. Because my check had already been mailed his folks mailed it to Heifer and requested it go to education. I was so proud of him! Sincerely, Merodie N. Aunt of Jasper, age 8
Holy Heifer! We're headed for Heaven... Look what's happening November 7! Ok, we now have it straight 1992 was our last bazaar date. It pulled together our congregation, including the town in pursuit of our mission. Now "All hands on deck," we're rockin' the boat, We want this Heifer idea to float! So plan to embark on this bazaar craft, Celebrating our church both "fore and aft." November 7 is the date to snare, Creating gifts to eat, give or wear. You may be called for a unique treasure, To sell for someone else's pleasure. So collect your thoughts and come aboard, We've done this before and our spirits have soared! Come one by one or two by two, We'll be counting on the likes of you. Signed MJ and Sue (Click the title of this story to learn more about Grinnell UCC's fundraiser.)