Last Christmas, our six-year-old son Pax became completely captivated with the work of Heifer International. Our small class of homeschoolers was learning about the benefits of each of the animals and raising money to donate one for a Christmas gift. To earn his donation money, Pax began working with his little brother to craft “robots” out of canisters and tubes in our recycling bins, and selling them to kind neighbors and friends for donations to Heifer!
After that first donation of a Christmas sheep, he continued to save, count, and re-count his Heifer money daily, and tell friends about everything he had learned. So when it came time to plan his seven-year-old birthday party, a Heifer-themed party was an obvious choice. We ordered the fun little Heifer party favors and he would proudly show his Heifer brochures when he invited friends to come. We had a little petting zoo, some farm relay games, and a “voting booth” where kids could read about each animal’s benefits for families and cast their vote. We jokingly asked that kids not vote for “water buffalo,” because we had no idea we’d raise nearly enough for that. Last week, our boy got to make his phone call to Heifer, with an order for a water buffalo and two flocks of chickens!
I am thankful for the way Heifer makes those first lessons in giving so accessible for children. I know that this program is helping my children just as much, possibly even more, than the families who receive animals. It has given Pax a way to share that he understands. He can imagine his sheep and buffalo and chickens out there in the world, giving wool, plowing fields and laying eggs... He knows those animals are helping people - and that HE can help too. Thank you, Heifer, for your important work in the world and in our kiddo’s life!
-- Traci M.
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The youth from Mt Carmel Church of the Brethren in Scottville, NC painted this in support of Heifer after studying about the organization and raising $1200.00!! (Photo posted by Tara Temple Hanson)
There have been a number of attempts to snap the Curse of the Billy Goat that supposedly afflicts the Chicago Cubs, but this one might be the best, if only because it’s for a pretty good cause. Heifer International, a charity that looks to end world hunger by handing out livestock along with agricultural training to those in need, is running an “End the Curse” goat drive. Please click the title of the story to read more!
My Little Ones Creating Paintings for Heifer! Photos Submitted by Serena G.
The event featured international crafts and games, live music, delicious food and, of course, farm animals. Photos by Joyce Roberts - http://www.thelandmark.com/news/2016-10-06/Rutland_News/Heifer_hosts_Global_Harvest_Festival.html
Since 1944, communities, churches, families, and businesses have carried forward the mission of Heifer International by providing a hand for those in need all over the world. The impact of these generous and caring hearts is beyond our imagination. Click the title of this story to read about the tremendous goal the Overseas Relief Committee in North Carolina set on giving 'A Cow A Month" for 1947!
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!
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.
Bring the whole family to a fun-filled festival of food and farming this weekend, October 1st & 2nd, at Heifer Farm in Rutland, MA! Celebrate the harvest at home and around the world with their friendly animals and knowledgeable staff.
The Rozell Family stopped in for a tour of the Heifer International Village over the weekend. Please click on the title of this article to see photos and read about their experience at the Village!