Give a Special Holiday Gift: Purchase a Heifer Project Animal

Giving to charities instead of buying material gifts spreads the joy to more people, purchase a Heifer Project animal during the holiday season donated in someone's name.
By Sarah Beth Cavanah
December 2001/January 2002
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The money is used to purchase top-quality animals, transport them to needy families around the world and provide training to those families on environmentally sound, sustainable animal husbandry.

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Give a holiday gift, purchase a Heifer Project animal donated in someone's name, its a gift that keeps on giving. 

Flock of chicks: $20.
Llama: $150.
Helping end hunger while avoiding buying Grandma yet another set of coasters: priceless.

Of course, Grandma doesn't need a llama, but plenty of poor Bolivian families do. Enter Heifer Project International. For more than 50 years, this Little Rock, Arkansas-based philanthropy has helped more than 4 million families in 125 countries become self reliant through "living loans" of animals provided through donors' monetary contributions.

The Heifer Project's catalog offers gifts ranging in price from one share of a pig at $10 to the gift of a young cow at $500. The money is used to purchase top-quality animals, transport them to needy families around the world and provide training to those families on environmentally sound, sustainable animal husbandry. The recipients then take on ownership of the animals, with the caveat that they must pass at least one of the animal's offspring on to another local family in need. That family makes the same promise and before long, an entire village can be stocked with the descendants of a single gift animal.

Besides being the gift that keeps on giving when you purchase a Heifer Project animal, a Heifer Project animal is also the perfect last-minute idea for all those remainders on your gift-buying list. At the project's Web site,, shoppers can make an order and notify the giftee by e-mail that an animal has been donated in their name. "Honor Cards" are also available for a more tangible way of announcing your gift.

Catalogs are available from the project's Web site, by calling (855) 948-6437, or by writing to Heifer Project, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202.

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bob farabaugh
12/1/2008 10:42:39 AM
we have made heifer project a part of our Christmas for several years now. I am glad that several families have a better life because of our gifts. I understand that they use the money where it is needed. I dont care if it is a goat or chickens or whatever. Children have a better diet and families have a shot at a better life. Perhaps they should have been more upfront about which animals are given, but in fact they do use the money as promised and they have an excellent reputation. btw, they do have charitable activities in the USA too.

11/26/2008 10:46:03 AM
I used to support Heifer International, until a few years ago when they finally admitted that your money only 'may' be used to purchase what you chose, via small print disclaimers in their brochure. I don't support organizations that I discover aren't being entirely up front with me.

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