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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.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Operation for the Love of Dog

On Saturday, August 31st there will be a special bicycle ride called Operation for the Love of Dog.  Held on the Silver Comet Trail (Georgia) and connecting Chief Ladiga Trail (Alabama), the ride will benefit Road Trip Home Animal Rescue.  Proceeds from the ride will help transport dogs from shelters with high euthanasia rates to no-kill shelters in other states with a shortage of adoptable animals.  A terrific bicycle ride and the chance to help homeless animals - what a great combination!

I had already made plans for that day when I learned about the ride, but a few of my friends will be riding.  For more information or to make a donation, please visit  Note that your donation is to sponsor Stephen Bachelor or Lisa Poole.

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