Heifer Breakfast & Gift Market
Sunday, December 3, 10:00-11:00am | McAdams Hall
Want to change lives this holiday season? Give gifts of hope, joy, and opportunity by providing a family with the life-changing gifts of agricultural resources. Learn more about how this is possible at the Living Gift Market on Sunday, December 3 from 10:00-11:00am in McAdams Hall.
This holiday season, St. Paul will support Heifer International, an organization which provides agricultural resources for people around the world in order to help them rise out of poverty. At the Living Gift Market, you can take part in a unique gifting experience of purchasing animals (the living gifts) to help end hunger and poverty in the world. You don’t take any animals home, you buy them for people in need. You can purchase animals in a loved one’s name and St. Paul will provide you with a special Christmas card for you to give.
A light breakfast will also be provided. Breakfast is free.
How can an animal change a life?
Information provided by Heifer International
Heifer – A cow can change lives, giving hope to families in the most dire of circumstances. This gift also trains families to take excellent care of their animal. Heifers provide milk to nourish hungry families and sell for extra income. They create fertilizer, which improves crop yields, and they empower entire communities.
Water Buffalo – Well-suited for working the land, water buffalo are gentle giants that allow farmers to quadruple the number of crops they can plant. These amazing animals till fields, provide rich fertilizer and produce milk that is high in protein and nutrients. Farmers in India, southeast Asia and parts of South America depend on water buffalo more than any other animal.
Llamas & Alpacas – Llamas and alpacas can withstand the harsh conditions of high altitude regions. That’s why they are perfect for families who live in the Andes Mountains of South America. These animals provide soft, dense wool that can become warm clothing and blankets, which can be sold for income.
Goats – Goats are often the key to a family’s survival on small farms. They do well with zero grazing and can thrive on small plots of land. Intelligent and naturally curious, they make great family pets. Goat farmers tend to have great crops, thanks to their animals’ organic fertilizer and expert land clearing abilities. Plus, their nutritious milk–up to four gallons a day–can be used to make delicious cheese and butter.
Sheep – Sheep are famous for their wool, and for good reason–it’s a valuable resource that provides warm clothing for families who live in cold conditions. And their milk is a delicious source of protein and nutrients. These hearty animals navigate the rockiest hills and pastures with ease and can survive nearly anywhere in the world.
Pigs – Pigs are an excellent fi t for some of the poorest families Heifer serves. They create a steady supply of organic fertilizer, which nourishes crops. They have large litters of piglets, which can be sold for income. And they are a reliable source of nutritious protein. With the power to uplift entire communities, your gift of a pig really packs a punch!
Honeybees – A gift of bees includes a bee package, hive, box and beekeeping training. Beekeepers boost their incomes by selling honey, wax and pollen. Bees are pollinators and make crops grow more abundantly– doubling fruit and vegetable yields on small farms. Sometimes the smallest gifts make the largest impact.
Rabbits – Rabbits make great additions to family farms. These prolific animals can have as many as six litters in a single year, making Passing on the Gift® possible for several families in a short period of time. They also provide organic fertilizer, which boosts the production of nutritious crop
Chickens – Chickens require very little space and thrive on readily available scraps. Hens can lay up to 200 eggs a year, providing a reliable source of protein and income. Each flock gift contains 10-50 chicks and training that will empower a family to turn your donation into a lifetime of opportunity.