Last Christmas, our six-year-old son Pax became completely captivated with the work of Heifer International. Our small class of homeschoolers was learning about the benefits of each of the animals and raising money to donate one for a Christmas gift. To earn his donation money, Pax began working with his little brother to craft “robots” out of canisters and tubes in our recycling bins, and selling them to kind neighbors and friends for donations to Heifer!
After that first donation of a Christmas sheep, he continued to save, count, and re-count his Heifer money daily, and tell friends about everything he had learned. So when it came time to plan his seven-year-old birthday party, a Heifer-themed party was an obvious choice. We ordered the fun little Heifer party favors and he would proudly show his Heifer brochures when he invited friends to come. We had a little petting zoo, some farm relay games, and a “voting booth” where kids could read about each animal’s benefits for families and cast their vote. We jokingly asked that kids not vote for “water buffalo,” because we had no idea we’d raise nearly enough for that. Last week, our boy got to make his phone call to Heifer, with an order for a water buffalo and two flocks of chickens!
I am thankful for the way Heifer makes those first lessons in giving so accessible for children. I know that this program is helping my children just as much, possibly even more, than the families who receive animals. It has given Pax a way to share that he understands. He can imagine his sheep and buffalo and chickens out there in the world, giving wool, plowing fields and laying eggs... He knows those animals are helping people - and that HE can help too. Thank you, Heifer, for your important work in the world and in our kiddo’s life!
-- Traci M.
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My name is Rebecca and I am from Lincoln Middle School in Meriden, CT. I am writing on behalf of my 7th grade team who worked at collecting money for your organization. My Social Studies teacher received your letter in the mail about donating to farms in East Africa and then gave us background on your organization because she uses your foundation herself. She then encouraged donations, even if it was just a penny. To read more, please click on the title of this story...