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As a donor, you have the opportunity to not only give an animal, but be a part of something bigger; creating opportunities for people all over the world to become self-sufficient. In addition to animals, your donations can provide training, community cooperatives, clean water sources, soil erosion techniques, markets for small-scale farmers and much more. It's a life changing gift that provides a hand-up, not a hand-out. For over 60 years we have collected and shared your stories about how you have chosen to support Heifer, so please take a look, tell a friend and be proud of how you have helped others. Your thoughtfully chosen gifts have helped improve entire communities and the generations to come. If you don't see your story, please let us know how you support Heifer by clicking here to upload your pictures and stories.
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Hello! My name is Anna Finkenauer and I am a teacher in Denver, CO. My second grade class has been studying what it means to be a good citizen so we decided to do a service project together. We looked at many different charity organizations and decided on Heifer International because of your mission to empower people in need. We loved to idea of raising money to buy an animal, the students had a blast looking at all the different animals and learning about them. We decided to host a hot chocolate stand after school to raise money. The class came together to create a plan, gather supplies and advertise for it. It was an awesome way for our class to bond and we ended up raising $700! Seeing our whole school come to support our stand was amazing, and many students have found a new passion for community service after this experience. We voted on what animals to buy and decided on a Heifer, a flock of chicks, a goat and two honeybee hives. Thank you for everything your amazing organization does, we are so excited to continue to raise money for Heifer International throughout the year!
Last month an email was sent out to all the parents of seventh and eighth grade students at St. Francis. The email asked for student volunteers for our annual St. Francis School Bazaar. Our jobs and tasks included selling raffle tickets, selling coffee and water, and serving chicken noodle soup to the guests. When the bazaar was over and we were back at school, a meeting was held for everyone who had volunteered at the bazaar. We were told that we raised about five hundred dollars and that we could choose what we wanted to do with our earnings. We shared our ideas with each other. Some of our ideas were to give the money to a local pet shelter, donate the money to a homeless shelter, and provide an animal to a family that needed it. At first we couldn't come to an agreement on what we should do, so we decided to think about it over the weekend and come back to it later. Over the weekend I was thinking of giving an animal to a family that needed it. But, I didn't know what animals we could donate or how much this would cost. My first thought was to give them a moose, but I thought it over and realized some animals like a cow could offer more to a family than a moose. We got back to school after thinking it over and had another meeting of the student volunteers. Everyone shared their ideas and opinions with the group and we thought about it for awhile. Then as a group we came to the decision of donating the money we earned to buy a cow and give it to a family that needed it. Our reasoning for donating a cow was: it was affordable, the cow had many things to offer, and it could help a family in need.
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!!
For nearly a decade, Corbett Prep's first and second graders have turned the books they read during the school year into gifts of livestock and more as they support needy families across the world. The Tampa students have raised an average of $1,000 annually for Heifer International's Read to Feed program. The 2016-17 school year is the ninth year Corbett Prep has participated, and students are determined to break their fundraising record... Please click the title of this story to read more!
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!!
The President of the Las Vegas GFWC Chapter, Cherie Lee Williams, helped to end hunger and poverty last weekend by joining up with Team Heifer for the Rock'n'Roll 5k in Las Vegas! The club president raised $820 in donations, which will go directly to helping families overcome poverty all over the world! Please click the title of the story to read more.
"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!
Commercial-standard PSA for Heifer International that'll get you in the gift-giving spirit with a catchy, light-hearted holiday jingle.
Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Tampa FL Children's Sunday School classes performed a Dan West skit using the book, Faith the Cow. The children successfully filled their Heifer Banks using the Heifer calendar and stories for their Mission Project again this year and were excited to present a check for $529.51 to Heifer. They learned that one person with an idea to help feed hungry children can make the world a better place, if that person has a little "Faith." Joining together they "passed on their gift" to help make a difference through Heifer.
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!
Thanks to students from the Ashford School in CT who visited #HeiferFarm this week to kick-off their unique #NationalNovelMonth project! This November, these students will be writing their own novels, and the budding writers read #WorldArk stories and visited Global Village sites like the USA and Guatemala as inspiration for their settings and characters! What are you all doing for #NationalNovelMonth??
Students from the First Trinitarian Congregational Church in Scituate, MA creating wood and plaster carved animals to sell to support Heifer. We are working with Serena Green in her Art Studio. Next Sunday we carve to a relief surface to add texture and detail in our paintings of various animals that are given as a way to offer options of financial support for families and entire villages around the world. We applaud Heifer as an organization that has a concept to truly help families in need!
On Wednesday, November 16, First Presbyterian Church of Brandon will transform its fellowship hall into the Heifer Living Gift Market presenting an alternative to the re-gifted stale fruitcake. This unconventional market offers patrons the opportunity to purchase livestock like heifers, chickens, goats, fish, and pigs as well as clean water and tree seedlings for hungry families around the world. There is no livestock on the grounds to purchase; however, honor cards will be available to designate a Heifer animal in a loved one’s name. Please click the title of the story to read more!