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Charity of the Month


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.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

ML&J Clothing Drive

Now is a good time to clean out your closet!  Volunteers with the ML&J Fund are organizing a clothing drive to help students get ready for the next school year.  If you have any used clothing in good condition, please donate it to the drive.  The collection location is at Monticello Presbyterian Church, 246 East Washington Street, Monticello, GA.  Just about any size is accepted, from small children through adult, because clothes are needed for preschoolers through high school students.  Shoes and purses are welcome, too.  Clothes will be distributed on Saturday, August 3rd in the empty building space between the Bank of Monticello Operations Center and Robby Kelly’s law office on East Greene Street.

Last year I volunteered for a shift at the clothing drive.  It was amazing to see how well thought-out the arrangement was.  Clothes were neatly stacked on tables according to size and gender.  There were even some clothes racks for easy display.  Shoes were arranged in their own section.  I saw a number of very appreciative people find much needed school clothes for their children.  Thank you for your help with this year's clothing drive!

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