In 2011, my friend Julie and I had a year full of grief, frustration, and unwelcome drama. Really, it was one emotional disaster after another. At the end of that year, we decided to change our focus to helping others. We committed to raise $5000 to "build an ark" for Heifer International to provide livestock and training for struggling families worldwide.
Our purpose was, and still is, to flood our lives with giving, optimism, and hope enough to float a boat full of animals to people who need them to survive. By spring or summer of 2012, we had done a pretty good job, having raised and donated roughly $3500 to Heifer. Looking for ways to raise more money without just going back to our friends and family to beg for more, I suggested we write a children's book about chickens (I have some as pets).
A few days later Julie Kaplan surprised me with a first draft and we were on our way. We worked together to flesh it out and I illustrated it. Now with lots of encouragement and help “Counting on Chicks” is available on Amazon. The message of the book encourages children to give, the message of this project is that so many people want to do their part. We hope you could share awareness for our project.
- Julie Phillips
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