CORNERSTONE: SHARING AND CARING
HOW IT WORKS:
Cooperation and friendship are key components of all Heifer projects. Recipients of animals and trainings are expected to share what they learn with their neighbors. It's not uncommon for Heifer project recipients to share their animals' bounty, too. Families who receive draft animals often help till neighbors' fields, and people with chickens often share eggs.
Most of us have lots to share. Making a donation is an easy thing to do. Volunteering your time to help a nonprofit organization is great, too. But there are smaller ways to share and care that are also meaningful. Taking a meal to an elderly neighbor, offering an afternoon of babysitting to a tired parent or even just picking up litter so the park is nicer for everyone else are excellent ways to show you care.
See where Heifer is working around the world to end hunger.
The children at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hill, CA sent a letter and pictures expressing their excitement for purchasing a cow for a family in need. Click the link below to read their letter!
8th Grader in Boulder, CO hosts a concert for Heifer
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.
Dear Heifer International, The fifth grade class at Des Arc Elementary recently read the book Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier, about a young girl in Uganda whose family was drastically improved because they were gifted a goat from Heifer International. The class decided instead of exchanging Christmas presents, they would like to try to collect enough money to purchase a goat and help those less fortunate. It is our hope that other classes as well as schools will follow suit and give to such a wonderful organization. With love, Des Arc Elementary 5th grade class
We send you love and some animals--sheep, chicks, bees. I hope you enjoy these animals. Love, Emmanual Sunday School
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
Every December, our church "recollect" about their blessings and "collect" to give blessings to those in need through Heifer. Using a reverse Advent calendar, parishioners count how many warm beds are in their home, how many meals they have had lately, or how many people love them, for example. Each day there is a different blessing to consider, and instead of being rewarded with a piece of chocolate, parishioners feel blessed to be sharing their monetary gifts on behalf of Christ's birthday. This wonderful activity is very popular in our church, and we have been collecting for about a decade. This year we raised $700 - a record! Submitted by Michelle Tate
Gracie, who is 7 says, "It's very important to me that people who have poverty will get care and food and health. All people should have care and love. I'm so glad that Heifer has given me a way that I can help with that!"
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!
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
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.)
Houston is considered the most diverse city in the United States, and our high school reflects that. We are part of a very large urban school district, but we are a small specialized school. We serve young immigrants that have recently arrived in the United States. Many are over age for a traditional school setting, and many come with interrupted education from their home country because of war, gang intimidation or lack of funds. All have landed at our door with the desire to learn English, earn a high school diploma, and improve their lives and those of their families. To learn how these students raised funds for Heifer, please click on the title of this story...
UHD’s English Language Institute made a $1,380.00 Christmas donation to Heifer International. ELI students, themselves hailing from all over the world, collected contributions from family, friends, UHD students, faculty and staff. A group of ELI students said, “We never knew that we could do something so wonderful for a village and learn even more English in the process!” With the money collected, ELI students purchased the following gifts: 180 baby chicks, 80 ducklings, 60 goslings, three rabbits, two goats, two sheep, one biogas stone, one water irritation pump, one pig, one llama, and one alpaca. “It was the best Christmas I’ve ever had,” a student said. “It was so exciting to help!” Submitted by Gail Kellersburger
Submitted by Lila | Georgia | "The girls became interested in Heifer International as they were studying with their teacher and an article by Heifer was included with the lesson. They began to collect some money for Heifer by bringing a quarter a week." | (Click the title of this story to read more!)
Submitted by Rebekah | Georgia