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Friday, November 18, 2011



As part of the curriculum for a senior at Cameron County High School every senior must complete a senior project in order to graduate next June. A senior project can be anything that is beneficial to the local community or the general public.

My name is Rachel Harris, a senior at CCHS. For my senior project I have been raising money for a foundation known as Heifer International. What Heifer does is provide live animals, seedlings and knowledge to poor countries so that the villages within these countries can learn how to produce goods for themselves. My goal is to raise $5,000 within the next two months.

Heifer International is an organization that is helping to sustain and develop the life of livestock and material goods, training and extension work, and organizational development. This organization has been around since 1944 helping 51 countries throughout the world and 23 states with in the United States. The simple belief that Heifer was founded on is that ‘ending hunger begins with giving people the means to feed themselves. “Heifer has changed the lives 10.5 million of hungry families in the U.S and other countries all over the world.”
Since this is my senior project, I feel as though it is my duty to contribute to my project. I have donated many of my paychecks from Olivetts Market, to the fund, all my loose change goes to the fund, and I have also been redeeming cans and bottles at an area redemption center. Along with a few donations from friends and family I have raised almost $1,200, but I have a long way to go.

The reason I am asking for your help is because I know that this $5,000 is something that could really, truly change the world. I think it would be wonderful to say that we helped control world hunger, and helped teach millions of people to be self-sustaining. This $5,000 will buy a “living Gift Ark”. This Ark includes 15 productive sets of 15 different animals to be distributed around the world, including the United States of America.

I am very passionate about this project because I believe everyone should have a chance to live, not worry where their food supply is coming from or when they will eat next. The saying ‘Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach a man how to fish, feed him for a lifetime.’ holds so very true here. I want to help teach them to work for what they need, show them it is possible. When Heifer International goes into an impoverished country, not only does it provide animals, trees, and seeds, most importantly it provides knowledge. Most often Heifer will teach the women of the “village” to read and write, this is done so that they may then learn about the proper care of the animals and the crops. When this education is provided to the women, in empowers them and affords them respect. Many times women and the young girls in these countries are abused and sold into slavery. By educating the women about the care and breeding of the animals, it also teaches them about the proper care for themselves and about human population growth.

Heifer is well known in many churches in our community, and I know that many people enjoy contributing to it over the holidays. The question I have for you is: Will you help me reach this goal? Please help me support my senior project in anyway you seem fit. I still have a long road to go until I reach my goal of $5,000, but I know that we can be the change this world needs. Please visit my website at www.rachelseniorproject.bbnow.org on this website you can make a personal donation.

Or if you would like to give a gift of hope, a gift of compassion, how about instead of giving, INVEST. Invest in controlling world hunger. Give a life-changing gift to Heifer International in honor or in memory of a friend or loved one. It’s a gift that brings promise to hungry families and the opportunity for a better life to the less fortunate. Giving a Heifer gift takes the stress out of shopping while putting the meaning back into giving. If you would like to give a gift and would like a “gift card acknowledgment” sent to the recipient, please send me their name and address and the occasion, “Birthday, Anniversary, Christmas” etc and I will send a card directly to the recipient and notify them of your gift.

If you would like to donate, please use my website location, or mail a check directly to me. This is the only way for me to gather the funds to purchase the Ark and fulfill my senior project goal. Or donate through your local church and ask them to earmark that donation for Heifer for this Live Ark project. I would appreciate your help with reaching this goal.

Our community, our “village”, is so fortunate to have so many leaders and so many people willing to help anyone in need. I have seen it most recently with so many local illnesses and tragedies. We are fortunate to have so many citizens willing to help and be heroes to others. I am asking all of you who are willing to help others, to help now. Not many of us can take the time to travel to these countries personally in order to provide aide. Heifer International is our ambassador of goodwill.

Next fall, 2012. I will be attending Mt Aloysius College. The most important reason I chose this college is because of their devotion to outreach in the form of Missionary work. Their primary focus is Missions work right here within the USA. I can’t think of anything more important that I could do with my life, then to help others.

My email address is rachnicole2@gmail.com and my address is 1758 Old West Creek Road, Emporium, PA 15834. Please make your checks or money orders payable to Rachel Harris, I will then send my certified check to Heifer International, in the amount of $5,000. I am determined to reach this goal. This Christmas your gift donation will begin to change so many lives.

Thank you,

Rachel Harris
Senior at Cameron County High School

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