Passing on the Gift

CORNERSTONE: PASSING ON THE GIFT

Passing on the Gift

HOW IT WORKS:

After their projects are established, families that received resources from Heifer—such as livestock, seeds or training—pass on these gifts to other families in need in their community. This allows them to help others as they have been helped, and to share the resources that they now have in abundance.

IN ACTION:

In what specific ways has someone helped you or your family in the last month? Perhaps someone pitched in with childcare during an emergency, brought over a meal or simply listened to a problem you were struggling with. Using the spirit of that gift, how can you pass it along to someone else in need? Whether reaching out to old friends or to a stranger, the idea is to help someone in the way you've been helped, a way that might not have occurred to you before.

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Kim Runs For Team Heifer

Decked out in Heifer gear, Kim completed both a 5k & 10k at the Chicago Rock 'n' Roll series earlier this month! After the race Kim shared, "At the expo, Toyota was customizing race shirts by adding a 'I run for...' logo on the sleeves. When I asked for 'I run for Team Heifer,' the person asked what that was. With a line full of people, I got to explain in great detail what Heifer does! All were impressed by the sustainability aspect of it. They loved it wasn't a one-time consumable gift, but rather a lasting one." We congratulate Kim for all of the time she spent training, raising donations to help families overcome poverty, and for sharing Heifer's mission wherever her feet take her! We invite you to click the title of the story to see more photos of Kim in her gear!

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Dr. Natzke Visits Rwanda's Dairy Project

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Dr. Roger Natzke, former Chairman of the Heifer International Board, recently contacted us regarding his love for the Heifer Project. Over the years, Natzke has had the opportunity to visit Heifer projects in various countries including Rwanda and Nicaragua; to not only share his expertise in Dairy Science, but also to witness how families have lifted themselves out of poverty with the help of Heifer's Hub model. Natzke shares, "I am intimately familiar with the Heifer model designed to alleviate hunger and poverty. Providing poor people, especially women, with an animal gives them a sense of self worth, a means to provide for their family, and finally, a means to support another needy neighbor by passing on the gift." To continue reading about Dr. Natzke's letter and to see more photos, please click the title of the story!

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Hallie's Life-Changing Bat Mitzvah Project

Hallie wants to make a difference in the lives of school-aged girls around the world! To celebrate her Bat Mitvah earlier this year, Hallie decided to Send Girls to School through the Heifer Project. Hallie shared on her Fundraise for Heifer page, "How will I raise all this money, you ask? By dancing, of course! I have been dancing for ten years, give or take a few. So, channeling my talent into giving, I will dance for four consecutive hours. But, obviously just dancing all day won’t raise any money. This is where YOU come into the project. If you sponsor me to dance for four hours, multiple girls in unfortunate circumstances could go to school." With the help of her generous family and friends, she more than doubled her goal of $1,100, with $2,929 as the total! With these gifts, more than 10 girls were given the gift of an education! We invite you to read more about Hallie's project by clicking on the title of this story!

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Throwback Thursday - Heifers For Korea

4 Holstein Heifers donated to Mennonite Vocational School, South Korea by Heifer Project in 1962 | Left to Right: Paul Hochstetler, Ag. Advisor, Kim Byung Chuc, Farm Manager, & Kim Joh Oak, Herdsman

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Students Inspired by Beatrice's Goat

Our story begins in Seattle, WA when a class of our preschool students from Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Studio took a field trip to our local food bank to donate food we had collected from our homes. Through the collection process we explored the many things people need and why they are needed. While at the food bank the children were included in sorting and shelving the foods they had collected. To our surprise, part of the food bank tour included visiting their roof top. "How strange," we thought: "what could possibly be on their roof top? "As soon as we walked out onto that roof top a whole new idea sprouted: a sustainable food source! An amazing garden was growing on the roof, which was bringing food naturally to our community. The children were enamored with the gardens and the idea of growing food that comes back every year, a gift that keeps on giving. After searching online for books on sustainable resources and charities we came upon Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier... Please click the title to read the rest of the story!

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Sixth Grade Social Studies Students Rock!

Our sixth grade social studies students rock! We have been collecting money in hopes of purchasing one goat for $120.00 through Heifer International. We learned a goat will help a family become self-reliant and change its future. We further studied how access to clean water in developing and underdeveloped areas in the world affect middle school aged kids' health, education, and overall well-being. Our hope was that students would understand how much help is needed throughout our world. Our kiddos collected $ 958.00! With this amount we were able to purchase goats, flocks of ducks, geese, and chicks, a pig, and 1 clean water pump! With the May Match anonymous donor, we have made a difference. WOW!

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Parmenter Elementary Students Read To Help Families Around the World

Parmenter Elementary School did Read to Feed for the second year. We had 9 classrooms participate. Students learned about cultures around the world-how babies are carried, what school is like, what families eat, the homes they live it, and about how similar we are in many ways. We also learned about how difficult it can be for families in some cultures to access the resources they need to thrive. We are so happy to donate $1800 through our Read to Feed program and to help families just like ours around the world to improve their lives. Thanks Heifer!

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Kindness Counts at Mill Road School

The students at Mill Road School raised $300 for through the Read to Feed program! They vigorously read for 2 months and collected donations from families and friends. They also hosted a craft and bake sale for Heifer International. The students were so excited to look through the catalog and choose their gifts. They settled on 2 goats and an Earth Day Basket. They learned so much through this experience! #kindnesscounts

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2nd Graders Serve Others

I teach 2nd grade Sunday School, called PREP (Parish Religious Education Program), which is the First Communion class. The students chose to respond to the grace they receive by doing service for others. The project since the first of 2017 was to collect pennies for Heifer Project. In 3 months, the students brought in $80 in pennies (a few nickels, dimes, and quarters)! Most of the donations came from emptying out their own piggy banks and bringing in their savings. They are very excited about choosing what they can buy, so we will be voting this week about sharing with Heifer Project.

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Heifer International Wall

As a part of having Early Act First Knight on our campus, our service project was to find an injustice globally and raise awareness, find a solution to, or help repair that injustice. We are happy to share that we successfully collected enough money at our elementary school for a Heifer and two flocks of chicks. As part of an incentive we created a wall for those students that helped with raising awareness to ending hunger globally. Our service project was a success and our school family couldn't be more happy about being a part of such a huge impact. Hope you enjoy our picture, we had so much fun decorating our Heifer International Wall!

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2nd Graders Send Shockwaves of Love

Last year our 2nd Graders voted to raise money for 1 cow ($500). We ended up raising enough money for one cow and MANY more animals ($1,349)! The money was doubled because we fundraised during a matching season. This year we hope to duplicate our efforts. The students of this year's 2nd Grade are excited to pass on the gift and loved reading Flora and the Runaway Rooster with Heifer International's very own Asmi Patel (who visits us each year to kick off and celebrate after our fundraising). They are empowered by last year's success and hope to have their own this year! Our school has children from all over the world - knowing that as we Read to Feed we are sending shockwaves of love and passing on the gift to an international community keeps the teachers wanting to do this year after year.

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What Heifer Gifts Mean to Gertie

"What Heifer International means to me is putting animals into people's lives that really need them. Without Heifer so many people's food and land would be taken from them and without Heifer, hunger would still be a very big thing. Another thing that Heifer means to me is 'cow', Heifer means cow. To me cow represents all of the cows and other animals that have been given to people. Because of Heifer, stopping hunger has a very, very big chance. This is what Heifer international means to me." Submitted by Gertie A.