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.
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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
At the beginning of April Heifer International's Public Relations Manager received 12 "letters of gratitude" from students at Yarmouth High School in Maine. Not wanting them to go unnoticed, she passed them along to When Cows Fly. Reading through each letter, we were compelled to learn more about the project. Here are some excerpts from the letters we received...
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...
As part of Heifer International's kid-friendly honor card competition, we received Bailey's beautiful drawing. Thank you, Bailey!
West Virginia student, Austin, sent us this beautiful, serene drawing of a world without hunger. Thank you, Austin!
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!
Heifer International would like to thank Duke, an elementary school student in West Virginia, for sharing his hope for a world without hunger!
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...
Our class of first, second and third graders, called the Acacia Class, has earned $182.00 from a special bake sale. We were selling baked goods and were selling for four days...
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.
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."
This idyllic drawing was sent to us by Marshall, a young Pennsylvanian Heifer supporter. We thank you for sharing your artistry with Heifer, Marshall!
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...
Dear Heifer International, Thank you for all you do. It is amazing how your charity helps so many people in the world. I always send my tzadaka to you. Sincerely, Jasmyn
"My 9-year old daughter, Anabeth, was inspired by a story she read in school where a young girl's family received a goat. That family sold the goat's milk and it allowed the young girl to attend school. After reading the story, Anabeth came home and found Heifer International. She browsed through the pages until she decided that she wanted to raise $500 on her own to buy a heifer. She took all of her birthday money, scrounged up all the change in the house, called family and friends, asked church members and even spent a Sunday selling lemonade and tea to raise the $500 she needed in less than two weeks! Donations came pouring in when people heard about what she was doing. Today, we were able to purchase the heifer for her. We are so proud of her and the impact she has made on our community." After checking in with Anabeth's mom, she replied with an incredible update on Friday, March 20, 2015! "Also, since I emailed, I wanted to let you know that she has officially earned an excess of $150 above her goal! Now that she has purchased her heifer, she is going to purchase a goat and some chicks after school today. She is very excited. She has also inspired at least three other kids in her class who are saving for water buffaloes and heifers as we speak."
Dear Heifer International, We are a class at a school in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Every month we sell coffee and cookies at a cafe we have named the Wildcat Cafe. We use the money we make to go on field trips, buy things for our classroom and for special projects. This month we decided to donate part of the money we made to your organization. Our class voted and decided to buy a hive of honeybees for someone in need. We are happy to see the money we earned put to good use. Sincerely, Ms. Steinke, Ms. Rodeman, Mrs. Welch, Mrs. Surtees, Ellen, Melissa, Desmon, Brendan, Brandon and Abbe
I'm happy to enclose a check for $200 raised by our first grade students through a cookie sale and family donations! Our students were very enthusiastic in the roles they played to help purchase animals for needy families. Their awareness of the needs of others was heightened and the realization that children can make a difference in our big world was made clear. I've included a picture of three of our students with our learning fair display. Thank you for your assistance with our project! Sincerely, Mary Smith
Maeve, Heifer International would like to thank you for sharing your idea of a world without hunger!
In June of 2014, Heifer International received the featured letters from a classroom of second graders in California. Along with these letters was a very generous donation towards a Flock of Hope, raised at their school's annual Spring Fling. Their letters read...
Noah's note reads: "To you from me. Hi, I am Noah. I helped raise money for your goat. I hope you enjoy goat's milk. I live far away from you in a place called West Chester in a state called Ohio in a country called the U.S.A. I hope this goat brings you lots of joy. Your U.S.A. friend: Noah"
"Dear Heifer International, Please accept the enclosed donation for the purchase of six flocks of chickens. This is the fifth year in a row that the students of Messiah Lutheran Church and School's Vacation Bible School have donated money to Heifer as their "Caring and Sharing" mission project. This year from July 15 - 19, 37 students and 31 volunteer staff exceeded their goal of three flocks of chickens! This was the most successful VBS mission project to date! Everyone was very excited about this accomplishment! We are a small, older congregation and the VBS program is an important part of our ministry. Heifer's goals of ending hunger by providing animals to families in need of better nutrition and added income fits well with our "Caring and Sharing" project. Many of our students return year after year and some have become volunteer staff as they got older. They are all familiar with Heifer and look forward to seeing which animal will be selected each year. We anticipate many more years of joining with Heifer International and introducing many new students to the Heifer program. Sincerely, Mike & Nancy Keeton"
My daughter had a fundraiser birthday party. Thirteen children were in attendance and many donated cash and checks toward her goal (to donate the gift of education to a girl). We were very excited to see how many people supported this cause and donated. Thank you for the opportunity to support such a good cause and to help me teach my children to give with their whole heart. - Elaine Eggert PS: It rained that night so we ended up having it indoors. We still had a blast!
Heifer International would like to thank Judy and Greg for donating in honor of this featured artist, Kate!
We would like to thank 3-year old Heifer International supporter, Liv, for sharing her vision of a world without hunger!
The GFWC Morris Golden Star Juniorette Club is a group of sixth grade girls who joined the General Federation of Women's Clubs in the Fall of 2013. They are the first juniorette club in Minnesota. They chose Heifer International as their main project for 2015 and got busy making money. They were excited about being able to choose the animals they wanted with the money they raised. The projects they worked on to earn money were: a rummage sale, collection cans in local businesses, helping at the Lions Club bingo booth at the county fair, a L'BRI show and a Tastefully Simple show. They sent a $600.00 check to Heifer International along with the list of the animals they wanted to purchase. They worked hard and had a lot of fun learning that they can actually help someone less fortunate.