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Heifer International: The Greener Good for Holiday Giving

Monday, October 20, 2008 General News J E 4
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Oct. 20 Heifer International,http://www.heifer.org, a world hunger organization, provides the perfectholiday gift alternative for the green-minded client, the hard-to-shop-forperson who says, "Please, no more stuff!" and for tighter gift budgets. Heiferfocuses on doing one thing well: Helping impoverished families who are amongthe 2 billion people living on less than $2 a day gain better livelihoods byproviding livestock and earth-friendly agricultural training for family farms.

Rather than supplying food aid for a temporary solution, Heifer puts intopractice the ancient wisdom: "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day,teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime." It's a solution thatchanges lives for millions of people -- more than 50 million since Heiferbegan in 1944.

A gift to Heifer provides livestock and training to farmers in rural areasso they can greatly increase their small farms' production to feed theirfamilies and have a surplus to sell for better incomes. Heifer teaches urbangardening to improve incomes and nutrition for impoverished people in U.S.inner cities.

Every Heifer project is environmentally sound. In developing countries,livestock manure provides organic compost and greatly increases cropproduction for better nutrition and income. Heifer adds bees, trees and wormsfor increasing crop yields -- a powerful engine for ending poverty one family,one community at a time.

Heifer provides lasting solutions. Benefits multiply through Heifer's"Passing on the Gift" promise: every family that receives training andlivestock gives knowledge and animal offspring to another family in need. Thisact in itself transforms communities -- dignity abounds when recipients get togive back.

For as little as $10 for a share of an animal, or $20 for a flock ofchicks, or $500 for a dairy cow, or $5,000 for a whole "ark" full of animals,a donation in honor of a loved one means making a life-changing difference toa family in need.

By supporting the work of this leading nonprofit this holiday season,donors are assured that their gifts -- however small or grand -- are put tothe best use for solutions that strengthen whole communities.

So this holiday, encourage your readers to give. Gifts with meaning. Giftsthat help end hunger and poverty. Gifts to Heifer International. Gifts thatmultiply for generations to come.Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), clickappropriate link.Ray Whitehttp://profnet.prnewswire.com/Subscriber/ExpertProfile.aspx?ei=76382Jim DeVrieshttp://profnet.prnewswire.com/Subscriber/ExpertProfile.aspx?ei=76388Terry Wollenhttp://profnet.prnewswire.com/Subscriber/ExpertProfile.aspx?ei=76389

SOURCE Heifer International
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