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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.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Giving Tuesday

Last week was Black Friday.  Yesterday was Cyber Monday.  Today is the best one of all: Giving Tuesday.  What is Giving Tuesday?  It’s a national day of giving to kick off the giving season, celebrating and encouraging charitable activities that support non-profit organizations.  Heifer International is an official partner of Giving Tuesday.

A donation to Heifer International provides animals and training to impoverished people around the world.  Recipients learn to sustain themselves and achieve self-reliance.  Because of better nutrition and economic opportunities, children can go to school, women are empowered, and entire communities are strengthened.  All of this is done in an environmentally responsible way.

I’ve already encouraged you to consider a donation to Heifer International as a Christmas gift in honor of your loved ones.  A donation to Heifer also makes a wonderful alternative gift for clients or business partners.  Instead of a tin of candy or box of cookies, I’ll bet they would love to receive a flock of chicks or some honeybees.  (Remember that honor cards are available to acknowledge your gift.)  By giving an animal through Heifer International, you can make a tangible difference in someone’s life.

Heifer $500
Share of a Heifer $50

Water Buffalo $250
Share of a Water Buffalo $25

Llama $150
Share of a Llama $20

Goat $120
Share of a Goat $10

Sheep $120
Share of a Sheep $10

Pig $120
Share of a Pig $10

Tree Seedlings $60
Share of Tree Seedlings $10

Trio of Rabbits $60
Share of Rabbits $10

Honeybees $30

Starter Flock of Chicks, Ducks, or Geese $20

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