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In December I am riding for Heifer International. Founded in 1944, Heifer International works with communities around the world to end hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Its approach is more than a handout. Heifer provides animals (e.g., heifers, goats, water buffalos, chickens, rabbits, fish, and bees) and training to impoverished people in over 30 countries. The animals can give milk, meat, or eggs; provide draft power; or form the basis of a small business. Communities make their own decisions about what crops, animals, and market strategies make sense for their everyday conditions and experiences.

Heifer International is based on 12 Cornerstones, such as Sustainability; Genuine Need and Justice; and Gender and Family Focus. Perhaps the best known Cornerstone is Passing on the Gift, in which Heifer recipient families pass on the offspring of their animals to others in need. In this way, whole communities can raise their standard of living.

A donation to Heifer International also can make a wonderful alternative holiday gift. Instead of yet another sweater for Grandma that she really doesn’t need, why not donate a Heifer animal or a share of an animal in her honor? Does your child really need so many new toys? Instead of five new toys, give him/her three new toys and a Heifer flock of chicks. Heifer has honor cards to let your loved ones know of your gift on their behalf.

I have set up a Team Heifer page to support Heifer International through A Year of Centuries. My goal is to raise $500. Please make your donation through If you would like more information about Heifer’s work, please visit Whether you give to honor a loved one or make a regular donation, thank you for taking steps to transform the world for the better.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

ML&J by the Numbers

According to the 2010 U.S. census, Jasper County, Georgia has a total population of 13,900, including 3,475 below age 18.  Within this population, 2,609 people live below the poverty level; of these, 1,046 are below age 18.  That means that 19% of the total Jasper County population and 30% of people under 18 live below poverty level.  Clearly, the ML&J Fund for Children and Youth serves a great need.

Each year ML&J gives feedback reports to the community, telling how many young people and families were helped by the back-to-school supply drive and Christmas donations.  ML&J does everything it can to stretch the available resources to help as many children and youth as possible.  Here are some figures from the ML&J Fund from Christmas 2012:
# Applied: 554
# Sponsored: 479 (including almost 20 foster children and about 50 homeless)
# Families assisted: 185
# New families assisted: 82
# People, churches, and civic groups who sponsored families: 38
# Families sponsored by these 38 people, churches, and civic groups: 73
(This does not include Monticello Baptist Church, who provided for 66 children)
Donations of almost $26,000 were collected.  This includes a $3,000 Operation Round Up grant from Central Georgia EMC, $802 from our local EMTs' Empty Boot Fund, and over $400 collected at Circle K.  Additional funds, not included in the $26,000, were spent by the 38 groups and individuals above who sponsored families on their own.

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