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Welephants surpass goal after one week

I teach kindergarten at West Cypress Hills Elementary in Spicewood, TX! In my classroom I stress critical thinking, aiming to inspire students to be curious about the world. I tie in real life applications to my lessons, which increases student engagement and interest. When students have questions about a concept, maybe something we're reading about in the classroom or an issue they bring in from home, we take the time as a class to explore. In doing this it allows for exposure to research and collaboration. Recently, we read the book Beatrice's Goat and my students were very curious about Beatrice's life and Uganda. We did some impromptu research into Uganda and Heifer International and this resulted in the students wanting to make their own impact and with some brainstorming. We devised a plan to raise money for this organization... Please click the title of the article to read how the Welephants are reaching their goal!

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What Team Heifer Means to Kendra

I signed up for Team Heifer to inspire me to take on a bigger challenge than any I had done before. I have a group of friends that I have trained with in the past, and they were encouraging me to try a full Ironman race, but I just didn’t have the motivation. I felt that if I was going to put in that much work, time, and money, I would need something even more powerful than just a finish line to keep me going on cold, rainy, or windy days. I challenged my friends to donate the equivalent of the cost of the race to Heifer as a way for me to know that this race would mean more – I wouldn’t have to feel guilty that I was spending so much on a race when other people are struggling just to survive AND I would know that people were counting on me finishing which creates accountability when I just want to sleep in... Please click the title of the story to read more!

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Texas Beekeeper Gives to Honduras Honey Project

I received a catalog for Heifer Int'l in the mail in November. I am a beekeeper in Spring, Texas with a small business selling honey, body butter, lip balm and handmade soap. When I saw the Honduras Honey Bee project I knew it would be a perfect way for my small business to give back. Customers liked it as well and it was great to highlight Heifer Int'l. I was able to give $166 (10% of sales). I hope I can do it again next year! - Just Bee Well

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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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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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A Houston Teacher Spins a Negative into a Positive

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...

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ELI Students Donate to Heifer While Learning More English

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

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Students Do Chores for a Goat

After reading the book, Beatrice’s Goat, a picture book about a family that receives a goat from Heifer International, our learners were inspired to take action and buy a goat for the cause. We had been discussing the concept of value. We decided that a goat could change a life and that it would be very valuable to another family. I challenged our learners to do chores above and beyond what they have to do normally to earn some money from their parents to donate to our cause. We set up a fundraising thermometer in our room and watched the money come in. Our families sent in pictures of their children doing their chores. We raised the $120 for the goat and more still came in so we bought a flock of chicks as well! We were excited to take action and be a part of this project. Submitted by Jacquie G.

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15 Days of Random Acts of Kindness

There is a history behind this donation. The second and third grade class at Terrace Elementary School in Richardson, TX each won $100 from our Altrusa International, Inc. of Richardson, TX Club as a reward for winning the "15 Days of Random Acts of Kindness" challenge the school held earlier this year. They personally selected what animals they wanted to donate. The children had so much fun picking which animals to select and were so excited to receive the opportunity to help others to create a better world. We are giving them your animal buttons and stickers to give them additional recognition. Thank you for sending them to us. Thank you, Jane Tucker International Relations Committee Co-Chair Althrusa International, Inc. of Richardson, TX

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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

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What Heifer Gifts Mean to Avery

Heifer would like to thank Avery for participating in our first annual honor card contest!

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World of Girls

During their second year as Brownies (3rd grade), my Girl Scout troop worked on a journey called "World of Girls." Click the title of this story to read more...

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Abbey's Animals at Grace UMC

Abbey's Animals is the name of our Heifer International Mission Project at Grace United Methodist Church of Fort Worth. Named after one of our youngest members, Abbey goes around with the feed bucket and collects spare change every week. At the end of the year, we let her choose from a list how to spend our money. At the end of 2014 we raised $425, which Abbey chose to purchase one goat, a share of sheep, a flock of chicks and to send a girl to school. We can't wait to see what our small but mighty church will do this year! - Sandy Lundberg