When I was 9-years old, we moved to the country. Starting over with friends, and adjusting to a life on a ranch was a lot to take in. At the grocery store (20 miles away) one day, my mom and I ran into an old friend of hers from her high school days. We discovered we lived just miles apart and she had a daughter in my grade.
The very next day, our moms introduced two girls who instantly became inseparable, best friends. After a hilarious incident with a pig (another story entirely), we became Sarah Sow and Polly Pig. We baked pig cakes, gave each other pig earrings, pig socks, pig cards... Everything pigs. We even painted large pigs on our backpacks for a canoe trip; they were easy to spot!
It's been over 37 years from our first summer together. We've gone to college (roommates) and have moved apart, married, had kids (her daughter and my son are 6 weeks apart, yes we planned that), and we've lost people we love, including our dear moms who brought us together. We're never more than a phone call away.
Our children keep in touch and they love it when we all get together. They get to see their moms behave like children, laugh til we cry (or worse) and hear stories we probably shouldn't be telling.
I've donated a pig to Heifer this year in honor of our moms who put up with the constant laughter, the perpetual presence of that extra kid and to whom we owe our friendship. I hope that this gift will help a mom somewhere raise a healthy and happy daughter who has a best friend like mine.
For my Polly Pig!
Love Sarah Sow
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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!