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Allen Academy Fourth Graders Passionate about Reading For A Cause

I met Kendra with Heifer International at a literacy conference, and I was immediately intrigued with the idea of having my students read for a good cause. My fourth graders are passionate, and they felt empowered through the lessons, books, and videos from the Read to Feed program. During the weeks we participated in Read to Feed, my students were encouraging each other to read more. They were coming in early to read quietly. They were begging for reading time during the day. They left with extra books in case they ran out at home. I was no longer asking students to read; they were now in charge... Please click the title of the story to read more!

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Providence Day Students Collect Over $10,000 For Families

"Every two years in Charlotte, North Carolina, Providence Day School's Lower School students, Grades TK thru 5th Grades, come together to work on a Heifer Project. As a former faculty member and Southeastern Heifer Volunteer, I adapted the "Chores for Change" Project to age-appropriate activities for our Lower School students. A voluntary group of Fifth Graders take a leadership role by working with me to develop programs to present to their chosen grade level to kick off our Heifer Project and to plan an all-Lower School Closing Program at the end of the Project.... This year's project only lasted 3 1/2 weeks due to other scheduling conflicts, but I am proud to say our children rose to the meet the needs of others around the world by raising $10,300.00."

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Westminster's Alternative Gift Bazaar

I just wanted share kudos to you from Madeline Ramsey of Westminster Presbyterian Church who said that the support you have provided to her this year for our church's alternative gift bazaar has been the best ever. As you can see from the attached picture, she recruited me to help out. I think we got off to a pretty good start last Sunday and we have our second Bazaar this Sunday. Please give my best wishes for the season to all my Heifer friends.

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Rabbits, bees and fish, oh my!

This October, the children of Hyde Park United Methodist in Tampa, FL celebrated and learned about Heifer International during their Sunday morning programming, Sunday Morning Live. The children donated over $520 to Heifer in October through an offering collected during Sunday Morning Live. Please Click the title of the story to read more!!

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Renbrook School Hosts 13th Heifer Gift Market!

Congratulations to the 6th grade class of Renbrook School in West Hartford, CT for putting on their 13th successful Heifer Gift Market!! Each year, the market features student's informational country displays, live animals and even tasty thematic treats for gift buyers. Thank you for taking action to end hunger and poverty 6th graders!!

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North Manchester Hosts 29th Living Gift Market

"My dad (Don Myer) started the Living Gift Market in North Manchester in 1987. We had several churches along with the Timbercrest Retirement Home participate in the market. Manchester University (formerly Manchester College where Dan West went to school) and Timbercrest Retirement Home (where many people that know Dan West live) are a major part of the Gift Market. We brought in $7000 in 1987 and in the 90's, Dad was at his peak when he had 4-5 years with more than $25,000 in donations. My dad passed in October 2005 at age 93 and I continued his work. The picture shows the people who participated in this year's event and many have been involved for more than 20 years..." Please click the title of the story to read more!

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Gifts Across the Globe

The Monsignor King Outreach Center hopes to become a greater sanctuary for those in need, just like the sanctuary they set up shop inside this weekend. Handmade crafts by more than 75 local artisans are being sold to raise money for the shelter during First United Methodist Church of Denton’s 30th annual Alternative Gifts Fair. Joining them at the weekend sale are 35 nonprofits and missions that will receive 100 percent of their earnings from selling fair-trade and eco-friendly merchandise. Please click the title to read the full story!

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60 Campers from McCormick, SC help to 'Fill The Ark'!

Walt and Jean Wist shared a beautiful letter about their church's opportunity to Fill the Ark! 60 Campers experienced a week of singing, reading, and learning during Camp Grand Safari,at the end of the week they raised over $5,000 for families and communities in need. To read the full letter, please click on the title of this story!

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First Congregational Church Members 'Moo'ved to Give

In September, First Congregational Church of Perry Center, NY introduced Heifer International to their congregation because they wanted to expose their members to a variety of different giving opportunities. On the last Sunday of the month they held a Living Gift Market. They had a special focus on cows because in Wyoming County (where their church is located) there are more cows than people! They served cow shaped cookies and milk for refreshments. They also made custom Christmas tree paper ornaments shown in the picture to people who purchased animals. They raised over $500 and chose to buy a cow. Some donations are still coming in, so hopefully they will be able to purchase some chickens as well! Way to go First Congregational Church of Perry Center, NY! We are so grateful for your support.

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Members at St. Paul's Lutheran Church Complete Puzzle for $5,000

Three years ago, several of our members were sitting around dreaming up something different to do as an outreach project. We decided on Heifer International and sponsoring an Ark, but we wanted to approach raising the funds differently than anything we had done before... Please click the title of the story to read more!

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The Church of the Pilgrimage Celebrates Over 40 Years of Giving

May was Heifer Month at The Church of the Pilgrimage UCC in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The church has been a partner with Heifer International for more than four decades... Please click the title of the story to read more!

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West Lebanon Church Participates in Fill the Ark Program

Our Church (West Lebanon NH UCC) just finished a very successful 2016 Heifer drive. We initiated the month long Fill The Ark calendar on April 3rd by introducing the Fill The Ark program to both the Sunday School youth and the entire congregation. Over the next month the Sunday School would paste paper animals they colored to fill up a large cardboard Ark set up in the Sanctuary. During the Sunday May 1 service the Sunday School youth collected the boxes from the congregation and filled the front of the Ark. This Sunday the youth will decide what animals to purchase with the $1,000 raised. Also in June the youth and interested members of the congregation will travel to the Heifer farm in Rutland MA to learn more about Heifer and have an afternoon at the farm. Heifer's Fill The Ark calendar was a terrific tool that helped energize our congregation's 2016 Heifer project.

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An Ark from United Church of Christ in Stanfordville

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.

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Ark Quilt Raises Money and Awareness for Heifer

Dear Heifer International, Enclosed please find a check in the amount of $5,000 from the congregation at First United Methodist Church in Three Rivers, Texas. We are a very small congregation; however, the youth of our church and our congregation greatly support your goal of "giving people a hand up, not a hand out." The enclosed donation is from "Heifer Offerings" which are taken every fourth Sunday of the month. One of our members, Diana Hill, created a beautiful "Ark Quilt." Members chose an animal or plant to be embroidered on the quilt and made a donation to our Heifer fund; the name of the donor was embroidered on the back of the quilt. The completed quilt sold to the highest bidder for $1,500 in a silent auction at our church. This is the second time we have raised enough funds to purchase an "Ark." Heifer's accomplishments are impressive. Sincerely, Sammie Huff Kohlman Mission and Evangelism Committee

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The Rocker Family Brings Back the Magic of Christmas

We were extraordinarily blessed to be raised in the Rocker family. As children our parents were always involved at church and in the community at large, contributing their time, talents and money whenever possible. We all grew up with that example and as adults try to emulate our parent’s generosity, though it’s doubtful we can even come close. When we were younger, our Christmas celebrations were more about being together than they were about gifts. But as happens quite often, our small family Christmas celebrations grew as the family grew into a huge party with gifts stacked everywhere. While everyone certainly enjoyed the gift exchange, Christmas was beginning to lose some of its magic for us as a family. Last summer, as our mom was beginning her preparations for the annual celebration, she became depressed about it and prayed for ideas to plan something that would hearken back to those wonderful Christmas celebrations of the past. During her reflection she remembered one of the grandchildren requesting a flock of chickens through Heifer International for her birthday a few years ago. Thinking on a grand scale, this inspired her idea for providing the Ark in 2015. We were all on board and within a short time she had raised the entire amount needed to sponsor the project. At the family Christmas party, instead of endless time spent opening gifts, we spent time together and mom read a version of the Nativity story that focused strongly on the animals present that night. She then explained to the younger children how the animals we provided would so greatly help others, which sparked wonderful conversation with the children. We all agreed this was the best Christmas we had shared in years and look forward to planning more Christmas projects together. Submitted by Pam Wesley

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Crystal Maruffo's Ark

Congratulations to Crystal Maruffo whose story of quitting smoking to raise an Ark for Heifer appeared in the Holiday 2015 issue of the World Ark! The Christmas Eve offering at her church, the Goshen City Church of the Brethren, helped her reach her goal. In one year’s time, Crystal and the friends she has inspired have raised the money for an Ark. Thanks, Crystal, for your dedication and perseverance! And thanks to all who contributed after reading the article. You have been an inspiration to Crystal, as well. Submitted by Peggy Reiff Miller (If you would like to read more about Crystal's Ark, check out the World Ark Blog here: http://www.heifer.org/join-the-conversation/blog/2016/January/crystals-ark-raised.html.)

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Holy Spirit Catholic Church Donates Their Thirteenth Ark!

July 6, 2015 Enclosed, please find checks totaling $5,407. As we have done the past eleven years, Holy Spirit used the Lenten and Easter seasons to raise money and awareness of world hunger by donating money to Heifer International for the purchase of an "Ark." During this period of time, the parishioners of Holy Spirit have contributed over $65,000 in support of projects, activities, and programs sponsored by Heifer International. Parishioners were encouraged to donate the money they would have otherwise spent based on their Lenten sacrifice. If someone gave up coffee for Lent, we suggested they take the money they would have spent and donate it to Heifer. In addition, our Christian Formation Program (religious education for our school-aged children) held their second annual end of year carnival and contributed over $1,800 of the total listed above. On behalf of the parishioners at Holy Spirit, I would like to thank you for your continued efforts in alleviating world hunger and of truly living the Gospel message "I was hungry and you fed me." May God continue to bless your work and the ministry of Heifer International. Peace, Deacon Rich Akins

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Culture for Life from the Knights of Columbus in Troy

Crawford Moss of Troy, IL brought the following fundraiser to our attention on November 28. We think it is wonderful that two communities have joined together to raise funds and awareness for Heifer International! In concert with the first Guiding Principle of "Charity," the Knights of Columbus (Troy. IL) Council 9266 has initiated another new charitable fundraiser in support of “Culture for Life” efforts with donations going to Heifer International Foundation. The single and sole purpose of Heifer International is to provide livestock to families of third world countries where malnutrition and starvation is prominent. Heifer International also provides animal husbandry training for continued and sustained source of food and livelihood. Even most conservative estimates are 8 million plus people, mostly under age 16, die each year from starvation while malnutrition significantly contributes to miscarriages, still-birth and extreme birth defects. During the Advent Season, Council 9266 will embark on a 4 week charitable financial drive aimed at purchasing livestock in partnership with Heifer International. A model replica Ark, a symbol of livestock and giving, will be placed in the St. Jerome Narthex as a collection repository. The model replicated Ark was crafted by one of the Council’s own, Knight Gene Touchette. Gene's wood craftsmanship is exemplary and will be on display during the advent collection. Advent is a remarkable season of goodwill of financial GIFTING to others who suffer from real hunger.

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Kid's Carnival Raises Money for Heifer

Dear Heifer International, We really enjoyed using "Animal Crackers" last year to learn about animals and how they help people. We learned that all God has created and was created for a reason and we should do our part to take care of it and help take care of others, too! We raised $783.00 at our Christ's Kids Carnival for Heifer International. We made a poster at the carnival but it was too big to send, so we are sending you a picture of it. Thank you for all you do to teach and provide for others around the world. Peace & Love, Christ's Kids at 1st UMC Crane, TX