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Participation in Heifer International encouraged

Thursday, August 9, 2007

This delightful scene draws attention to the aid that Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus wants to provide to others in need. Photo by Nancy Hohbach
The Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus has supported the efforts of Heifer International for several years now, under the guidance of Nancy Hier. Each year, Hier keeps adding more animal cut-outs to draw the attention of those passing by about their project.

This year, a few of the animals have hats on from local businesses such as Sand Seed, First Association and Marcus Lumber. The wagon is filled with passes to attend the Marcus Fair. They are situated in parade form to go along with the idea of going to the fair where animals always are visible.

The idea behind it all is to remind those who go to the fair to contribute to this project (Heifer International) which helps impoverished families feed themselves and to earn some income as well as learn to care for their environment.

Heifer International began back in 1944. It works directly with millions of families in more than 125 countries, including the United States. Animals are purchased and given to the needy. They learn how to care for the animal and use them as a source for food. Heifers are bred which provides a calf for future growth. They receive milk as well as meat. Slowly the family situation improves and they learn to care for themselves. Goats. pigs, sheep and rabbits are also bought and given out. Even bees are given out as bee hives require little space but they improve fruit and vegetable yields in addition to supplying honey.

Recipients learn to respect and care for animals by getting back to the basics of what is needed. In some areas, buffalos may be sent when the terrain and climates are better suited for them. In other areas of the world, llamas may be the best choice.

Heifer International believe that where there is food, there is a better hope for peace. It's a good way to help war-torn countries. Any amount of money donated helps Grace Methodist help others in need. Look for them at the fair and feel better by donating to a most worthy cause.

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