Our son is about to turn 12, and two months ago he said he wanted to talk to us about his birthday.
We thought, "Here we go. What does he want this year?" Instead he shocked and amazed us by saying that he had everything he needed and he would like to donate the money we would have paid on a present for him to charity.
We were so proud of him so last week we researched charities on the net and he found Heifer International. Oskar loved the idea of buying an animal so he chose a pig and some honey bees. He is having a small lunch after basketball this Saturday with friends to celebrate his birthday. He asked for no presents, but if his friends wish they can donate $5 each towards buying another animal through Heifer.
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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!!
We've found your new favorite downtown destination: Heifer International's Urban Farm. Located behind Heifer Village in downtown Little Rock just a few blocks from the River Market, this cozy little barnyard features pigs, goats, alpacas, chickens and turkeys. The 3-acre area is also home to a community garden, beehives and butterfly garden. It's like being out in the country — but then you look up and see the Little Rock skyline!
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.
"Why Heifer? I'm a farmer's daughter and I know that Heifer's mission to provide communities around the world with gifts of livestock, etc. and passing on the gift to another family in need, is working." Educator and Heifer Community Volunteer, Deb Hay, shares with us her passion for supporting Heifer's Mission. Please click the title of this story to read more!
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!
Berryville sixth-graders saw the world from a new perspective during their stay at the Heifer Ranch. Delene McCoy, grade 6-12 gifted and talented teacher, took her sixth-grade class on a trip to the Heifer Ranch in Perryville last Monday, Sept. 12, to participate in Heifer International's Global Gateway Program. Please click the title to read about their experience!