This Thanksgivukkah (ThanksGiveACow), Heifer International is offering life-changing gifts that help end hunger and poverty while caring for the earth.

Hanukkah is the perfect time to pass on the lessons of mitzvot, tzedakah and tikkun olam with gifts that are fit for anyone on the list from Abba to Zaide!

Give a gift that truly makes a difference — gifts that empower children and families around the world to become self-reliant. In addition to livestock, Heifer’s gifts promote women’s empowerment, support sustainable farming and provide basic needs.

Heifer International currently provides 30 different kinds of livestock, trees, seeds and offers training in environmentally-sound agriculture to families in more than 40 countries, including the United States, Nepal, China, Brazil, Rwanda, and Armenia. To learn more, watch this inspiring video.

Jewish celebrity-supporters Mark Feuerstein, best known as the star of USA Network’s “Royal Pains,” and Ed Asner, the Jewish actor best known for his roles in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and the Pixar film “Up,” are both giving gifts from Heifer International this Hanukkah.

Ed Asner says: "In celebration of the day of “Thanks-Give-A-Cow” this year, remember not to have a cow but rather give a cow! It is a moo-velous idea!"

Heifer International’s Hanukkah Catalog offers sustainable long-term investments that make a substantial impact by helping families rise out of poverty. Givers and recipients can:

  • Donate An Animal ($10 to $5,000): Giving an animal is like giving someone a small business, providing wool, milk, eggs and more. Animals can provide families a hand up, increasing access to medicine, school, food and a sustainable livelihood. Gifts include a Camel ($85 – $850), Goat ($10 – $120) or Honeybees ($30).
  • Support Sustainable Farming ($20 to $170): Heifer International believes that caring for the Earth is vital to ending hunger and poverty, whether it’s through reforestation, organic gardening or adoption of fuels that reduce the ill effects to the environment. Help families care for their environment with these sustainable gifts, including: Family Farm Care Package ($72), Gift of Trees ($10 – $60) or Gardener’s Gift Basket ($20 – $170).
  • Provide Basic Needs ($36 to $1,000): In some of the world’s most impoverished countries, obtaining basic necessities like clean water and shelter is a daily struggle. Help families improve their lives with gifts that improve sanitation, health and access to clean water. Give Clean Water ($399), a Boost of Nutrition ($36) or Bioga Stoves ($50 – $1,000).

Loved ones will receive a beautiful card or e-card describing the benefits of their gift. Givers and recipients can rest assure that their gift is making an impact as one of Heifer International’s fundamental principles – “Passing on the Gift” – creates a living cycle of sustainability that develops community and enhances self-esteem by allowing gift recipients to become donors.

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